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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee expresses concern over privatization of air traffic control system

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HOUSTON – Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Airport Stake Holders and Airport Union Leadership held a news conference Tuesday to address security concerns over the Trump Administration’s proposal to privatize air traffic controllers.

President Donald Trump laid out his vision for overhauling the nation's air traffic control system on Monday.

He outlined his goals to privatize the system in a White House speech that was closely watched by the airline industry.

Trump pushed for the separation of air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration. It's an approach that has long been championed by U.S. airlines.

The president pointed to the changes as a way of accelerating a more modern air traffic control system.

There are about 50,000 airline and other aircraft flights a day in the United States.

Both sides of the privatization debate say the system is one of the most complex and safest in the world.

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