The govenrment air traffic control system is near overload because more smaller jets are replacing fewer larger jets. Bob Poole of the Reason Foundation argues convincingly that a private system would work much better.
Unfortunately, the Senate voted to prohibit privatizing air traffic control functions, over the President’s objections. While slightly different language than in the House FAA appropriations bill, it suggests that the final reconciled legislation will include a ban.
This seems like a good time for President Bush’s first veto.