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5:43 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Update: FAA Closes Boca Raton, North Perry Control Towers, Spares Opa-locka

Air traffic controller Ron Wooldridge guides in flights at Boca Raton Airport. Boca is one of two small South Florida airports losing their control towers to sequestration cuts.
Credit Christine DiMattei

North Perry and Boca Raton airports are among 149 small facilities nationwide where federal budget cuts have forced closures of air traffic control towers.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced the decision today, nearly a month after it released a preliminary list of towers that could be affected.  

The tower at Miami-Dade's Opa-locka Airport had originally been considered for closure, but it's now on the list of only 24 towers nationwide that will be kept operational.

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Sequester And Florida Air Travel
8:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

How The Sequester Will Impact South Florida's Small Airports

Air traffic controller Ron Wooldridge looks out over the runway of Boca Raton Airport.
Credit Christine DiMattei

On any given day, 53-year-old Ron Wooldridge guides dozens of flights in and out of Boca Raton Airport, just east of I-95. But early next month, instead of manning the airport's control tower, he could be standing on the unemployment line.

"I find it a little ridiculous,” says Wooldridge. “They're not thinking of the safety of the aircraft.  Or how it's going to affect the rest of the city itself."

Automatic federal budget cuts that took effect this month could force the Federal Aviation Administration to close control towers at least 170 small airports nationwide.

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Holiday Travel
2:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Traveller's Bane, The TSA, May Be Killing Us

Lest The Terrorists Win: Routine airport indignities may be driving people to riskier car trips.
Credit Wikimedia

Good reading for your holiday plane ride: Businessweek's studious indictment of the Transportation Security Administration and the entire post-9/11 homeland security apparatus.

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