If You're (Not) Traveling by Air Today, Here's How to Fix America's Fugged-Up Air Traffic Control System

 

If you're traveling by air today, well, good luck to you. A storm is paralyzing a good chunk of the Northeast and once airports in Boston, Philly, New York, and Newark get even a little bit backed up, the ripples fan out like a cannonball hitting a fat guy in the stomach in super-slow-mo.

As you're cooling your jets in airports (which approximate homeless shelters on the holidays), consider this: It's not just weather that screws up air travel so much. The simple fact is that, as Reason Foundation's Bob Poole says in the video above, "The air traffic control system in the United States is technologically obsolete. This model is basically the same model that we have used since the beginning of air travel."

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  • Sevo||

    ..."the ripples fan out like a cannonball hitting a fat guy in the stomach in super-slow-mo."...
    Visual not working, Nick

  • BakedPenguin||

    There was an old video of this guy in super-slow motion.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    GPS? I don't want some corporation knowing where my plane is all the time, tailoring ads to my android phone about restaurants at my destination or sending me emails about anti-turbulence Viagra.

  • GILMORE||

    "Fugged Up"?

    So you're the man that can't spell 'Fuck', now?

    Norman Mailer haz sads.

  • Aresen||

    Before you get all enthusiastic about Canada's system, you should check out what we pay in airport fees, flight taxes, security charges, etc.

    A typical ticket Victoria - Edmonton is around $130 for the flight and $150 for the fees and taxes.

  • GILMORE||

    DO NOT RUIN THE AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY OF "CANADA"

    EVERYTHING IS BETTER IN CANADA

    HEALTHCARES ARE FREE

    THE GUNS DONT KILL PEOPLE

    THE ENVIRONMENT IS PRISTINE BECAUSE REGULATIONS

    NO ONE HATES THEM AND TERRORISTS DONT EVEN KNOW WHERE THEY ARE

    THEY HAVE A FRENCH PART WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE FRANCE MAKES THINGS MORE SOPHISTICATED

    MOOSE

    IF WE JUST GET RID OF THE HOCKEY AND REPLACE ALL BROADCASTING WITH PBS AND NPR IT WILL BE NIRVANA

    ...

    I know this *seems* silly...

    But this is in fact how millions of young white middle class americans think about Canada. Its the mythical land where everything Progressive *works*

  • ||

    I encourage them all to move there.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    Keep those numbers under your hat. Bob Poole will start fapping over the ratio of user fees there.

  • ||

    Why fly anyway? I take long-distance trips the way nature intended: twenty of my sturdiest orphans hoisting my sedan chair.

  • Almanian!||

    *tips gold goblet as sign of respect - resumes watching orphan hords mining diamonds*

  • Kid Xenocles||

    I recommend your airline's club if you need a place to stay.

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