President Trump held a press conference at the White House on Monday to roll out his plan to privatize the nation’s air traffic system.
He said that his plan will usher in a “great new era in American aviation.”
“It’s about time, too,” he said.
“For too many years our country has tolerated unacceptable delays, long wait times… and a slowing of travel that has cost us billions and billions of dollars,” said Trump. “Today we are going to take American air travel into the future – finally.”
The plan includes updating “outdated technology” such as America's land-based radar system. Trump said that the new system will be a GPS-based system to “keep up” with the times.
“We’re proposing reduced wait times, increased route efficiency, and far fewer delays,” he said. “Our plan will get you where you need to go more quickly, more reliably, more affordably, and yes, on time.”
Trump argued that America’s aviation system is “stuck painfully in the past.” He said his plan will have the latest aviation technology, a nonprofit entity to focus primarily on safety and efficiency, support for rural communities with small airports, and “more financial security, professional opportunity, and far superior equipment – the best equipment anywhere in the world” – for air traffic controllers.
"Americans can look forward to cheaper, faster and safer travel,” the President declared.
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