Federal Aviation Administration
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced this week that beginning in early April it will implement furloughs for each of its employees one to two days a month. With fewer air traffic controllers manning towers, flights will be reduced and landings delayed.
FAA officials have said they expect to eliminate overnight shifts by air traffic controllers in more than 60 airport towers and close more than 100 towers at smaller airports, according to the AP. But information posted online by the agency shows 72 airports that could lose midnight shifts and 238 airports whose towers could be closed.
"Worse," the FAA said in a statement, the agency intends to close many air traffic control towers around the country, leaving airports to rely on pilots communicating their positions via airport radio frequency