President Trump’s plan to privatize air traffic control would lead to increased airfare prices for customers, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.
Trump’s initiative calls for the transfer of responsibility from the government to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines. But Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that would give too much power to airline execs behind such unpopular moves as shrinking seats and fees for everything from carry-on luggage to small snacks.
“Creating a private not-for-profit for the airlines to control could be like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse,” he said. “The proposal to privatize air traffic control could create real turbulence for consumers.”
The Trump administration says the change — which was also proposed by former President Bill Clinton — will actually lead to reduced costs for consumers and safer air travel.
Trump announces plan to privatize air traffic control
“Prepare to enter a great new era in American aviation,” Trump said during his June 5 announcement.
Schumer, the Senate minority leader, contends privatizing the system could create major communication problems between air traffic controllers and the Department of Defense. The proposed plan will also create longer delays, he said.