Citizens Against Government Waste supports air traffic control privatization System

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has praised the Trump administration´s plan to modernize the federal air traffic control system, the company said.

Following 9/11, President George W. Bush nationalized airline security and created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which currently operates at around 450 airports.

After 9/11, Canada established an oversight agency for aviation security but allowed private businesses to perform the screenings. In Europe, more than 80 percent of airports use private screeners, including the France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

The President´s proposal is similar to legislation introduced in the 114th Congress by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) that would create a “federally chartered, fully independent, not-for-profit corporation to operate and modernize the ATC system.”

The nonprofit organization would be governed by a board that would include the transportation secretary, people nominated by the airline companies, and representatives of the air traffic controllers´ and pilots´ unions. The board members could not be employees of any industry stakeholders.

CAGW is the nation´s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.