Mon, Mar 15, 2004
"Privatization Is NOT Going To Happen In America"
By ANN Correspondent Rob Milford
On the campaign front, Senator John
Kerry, the apparent heir to the Democratic presidential nomination,
made a stop in Houston last week, taking questions from the crowd
at a town hall meeting. Some of those questions centered on
About midway through the session, a man stood up and identified
himself as an air traffic controller assigned to Houston Center,
and asked the Senator if he could provide assurance that ATC in the
United States would not be privatized, like the Canadian Air
Traffic Control system.
Kerry paused for a moment, took a swig from his water bottle,
and responded: "I am a long time pilot -- a passionate pilot.
I’ve been flying for more than 35 years. I have a commercial
and instrument rating, and plenty of experience with the air
traffic control system of this nation. I recognize the importance
of the FAA and the air traffic control system, and the need for the
modernization of the system. I see that we need to improve the
technology, but we have the safest system in the world, and I can
tell you that privatization is not going to happen in America."
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