How We Can Make the Skies Friendlier: Five Steps

Where were you tripwrecked during last year's Summer of Hell? Were you hopelessly delayed at Atlanta's Hartsfield, left to rot at LaGuardia, out of options at O'Hare? Labor troubles, airline overscheduling, bad weather and technological lags all combined to make last year the most congested in the history of aviation. And there is no sign that the upcoming vacation season will be any more comfortable.

We are on final approach to air gridlock. The relentless growth in air travel has far outstripped the capacity of U.S. airports--there's too much aluminum and not enough concrete. And the air-traffic-control system that went...

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