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Privatizing Air Traffic Control

Privatizing air traffic control would simply be another handout to the rich, where the investors get the upside, and the public covers the downside. Here’s how it works. If you privatize air traffic control no insurance company is going to touch the entity. So the next time an air traffic controller causes (even just as a minor contributing factor) a crash, the lawyers will be all over it, and the entity will be out of business, or… the taxpayers will pick up the cost. No-lose proposition for the owners of the new entity, and the taxpayers only get the costs. The difference now is that it is a lot harder to sue the government in its own courts for its own activities. Not impossible, but the bar is higher.

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