Pilot ‘Sully’ Sullenberger Responds To Trump’s Plans To Privatize Air Traffic Control


Does a day go by that President Donald Trump doesn’t tick someone off? Recently, it seems as though those days are few and far between. Adding to the ever-increasing list of people who hate Trump and his ridiculous policies, is infamous retired Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who has now officially spoken out to condemn President Trump’s plans to privatize U.S. air traffic control.

Sullenberger is a former US Airways pilot who’s known for an emergency landing in the Hudson River back in 2009. In 2016, Tom Hanks also starred in a biographical drama directed by Clint Eastwood and based on Sullenberger’s autobiography, Highest Duty.

Most recently, in a video ad created by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, Sullenberger voiced his concerns with the proposed changes to the country’s air navigation system to a nonprofit corporation.

‘I know what works and what doesn’t. Our air traffic control system is the best, the safest in the world. Why would we give such an important valuable national asset to the largest airlines — the same airlines who often put expedience and cost-reduction ahead of the safety and welfare of others?’

According to The Hill, the change to the air traffic control system has been endorsed by the White House and is under consideration by the House.

In the video, Sullenberger explains that opponents are mainly worried about the proposal for fear of losing access to airspace. He explains, in the video, that the proposal would allow large airlines to control the cost and rules of access, thus excluding smaller airlines.

‘That’s really the danger in my mind. What we really need is someone overseeing our air travel system whose motivation is doing what’s best for America and Americans, and not for their own industry or themselves.’

Supporters, however, say that the revamped plan currently under consideration by the House would ensure more diversity on the corporation’s board of directors.

The revamp would be included in the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which expires at the end of next month. House leadership hasn’t voted on the measure yet, even before their August recess, a signal that they’re currently lacking support to pass the measure.

Sullenberger’s opinion could hold some sway in the heated debate over whether Congress should privatize air traffic control, with lawmakers often holding up his stance on other aviation safety issues.

Watch the ad in the clip below, via YouTube:

Featured Image via Getty Images.

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