WATCH | President Trump announces a plan to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system.
President Trump announced a proposal to turn U.S. air traffic control over to private entities.
Trump officials say that privatizing the system is the best way to modernize it, claiming that it speeds up an industry shift from land-based radar to more precise GPS systems. Such a shift reportedly saves time for passengers and reduces fuel consumption, which in turn lowers oil prices.
"It's a system where everyone benefits," said Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser.
The privatization of air traffic control will likely win many plaudits among Republicans and airline companies themselves.
Many other countries have already privatized the system, including Canada, Australia, Germany New Zealand, and Switzerland.
Democrats, however, have pointed to recent incidents on private airline flights, including the passenger who was dragged off of a United flight, as reason not to trust private business with air travel.
Air traffic control is an area Trump's pilots have complained to him about for years, those in meetings with Trump on the topic say.— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) June 5, 2017
According to some on social media, Trump has spoken with primary sources on the matter.
Trump to call for privatization of air traffic control. What could go wrong? Profits over passenger safety. Can we make a 5c off your death?— Norm Clark #resist (@Normsmusic) June 5, 2017
However, not all are so excited by the prospect of private air traffic control.