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Obama signs legislation ending FAA furloughs

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President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to end furloughs of air traffic controllers. The furloughs stemmed from the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that started taking effect in March. Millions of air travelers were affected recently by delayed flights across the country because of the furloughs.


Congress Passes Bill to End Flight Delays

The House gave quick and overwhelming approval Friday to legislation to give the secretary of transportation enough financial flexibility to bring the nation’s air traffic control system back up to full strength and end the mounting flight delays that had become a political headache for Congress. The vote came despite objections from some lawmakers that the nation’s air travel was being given special treatment.


Pressured by Senate Democrats, White House says it’s open to fix on FAA furloughs

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The White House now says it's willing to consider legislation that would give the administration the budget-cutting flexibility to avoid furloughs of air traffic controllers.


Furloughs Caused 1,200 Flight Delays on Monday, F.A.A. Says


With many air traffic controllers on unpaid leave, lawmakers criticized the agency for how it was handling the automatic budget cuts required by sequestration.


Flight delays pile up Monday after FAA budget cuts


It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as federal budget cuts led to cascading delays along the East Coast Monday morning. Some flights out of New York and Washington were delayed by more than two hours as the Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground. The federal agency has said furloughs of air traffic controllers could lead to delays if there weren't enough people to monitor busy air corridors.


Singer, plane missing in Mexico

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Singer Jenni Rivera is missing after a plane she was flying in lost contact with air traffic controllers in Mexico early Sunday morning, officials said.


Air controller involved in 2nd potential collision

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An air traffic controller who nearly caused a midair collision last year has again been relieved of duty after putting two planes on converging courses. The case raises questions about whether employee rights are trumping safety at the Federal Aviation Administration.


Air mishaps soar; feds debate why

A steep increase in errors by air traffic controllers in the past three years could simply be the result of a new non-punitive reporting system.


New 9/11 Tapes Show Desperate Search for Hijacked Planes

New 9/11 Tapes Show Desperate Search for Hijacked Planes

For the first time, the full audio recordings of communications between military and civilian air traffic controllers as they were dealing with the hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001, have been made public.


Air traffic controller tests positive for alcohol

Air traffic controller tests positive for alcohol

The FAA is investigating a report that an air traffic controller at the Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center had alcohol in his system during random testing earlier this month, according to NBC News.

Senh: First, they're caught sleeping on the job. Now, they're drinking on the job. Great job. Sucks for passengers, though.


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