Tower closures wouldn’t mean the airports would shut down, as many operate without towers. But airport officials say losing controllers could lessen safety and efficiency.
The cuts scheduled for March 1 include a $600 million bite from the Federal Aviation Administration. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the agency is considering closing more than 100 control towers and furloughing almost all controllers for about one day per pay period – likely leading to flight delays because of understaffing.
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