1. Good Luck Up There

    149 Air-Traffic-Control Towers Closing

    The control tower at Ronald Reagan National Airport as seen from a Metro train stop March 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday suspended the air traffic controller who was on duty in the tower just after midnight Wednesday, when two passenger jets landed at the airport without clearance or guidance from the control tower. Officials said the controller may have been asleep.

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    OK, that sequester thing feels real now. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday plans to close 149 air-traffic-control towers starting early next month. Pilots at affected airports (mostly small ones, though even O'Hare could see some changes) will be left to coordinate takeoffs and landings among themselves by communicating over a shared radio frequency. Besides the obvious safety concerns, it's unclear whether airlines will choose not to frequent airports without towers, meaning possible economic ramifications for communities that rely on transportation and travel business. The FAA is being forced to cut $637 million for the rest of the fiscal year as part of the $85 billion sequestration cuts that went into effect March 1.

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