Here's some great news as we approach the busiest traveling season of the year. Courtesy of Hot Air.
“The air traffic control system in the United States is technologically obsolete,” says Robert W. Poole, Jr., director of transportation studies at Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes Reason.tv. “This model is basically the same model that we have used since the beginning of air travel.”
The technology the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uses to navigate $200 million jets is less advanced than the GPS technology drivers use to navigate $20,000 cars.
Poole says the system could safely handle more planes if the FAA used modern technology that would provide real-time information about where planes are. But the funding process, overseen by pork-hungry members of Congress, often thwarts technology upgrades.
And our government wants to take over health care? Interestingly enough, Al Gore pushed for privatizing the air-traffic control system during the Clinton years, but that effort failed. That seems to be the best idea Gore has ever had.
You may watch a video from Reason TV discussing this situation below.