Flight Paths Will Change in California Due to Residential Activism.

For almost two decades now, people have been struggling with security protocols at airports. In fact, many people probably think security issues are the biggest problems airports face. This may be true. However, this doesn't mean that other issues simply disappear. For example, there are lots of mundane problems airports face. For example, did you know that there are often disagreements as to where planes should be able to take off and land? If you don't believe this, check out the tentative agreement just made between the John Wayne Airport in Newport, California and the FAA.

The problem started earlier in 2017. Plans had been made near the beginning of the year to have planes immediately veer left after taking off from John Wayne Airport. This meant the planes would no longer fly immediately over Newport Bay. The change quickly surprised residents in the area. People were not used to planes roaring over their homes. This surprise quickly turned to anger, and people began making formal complaints to John Wayne Airport and the FAA.

People were angered about the sounds of the planes. There were also safety concerns about drivers becoming distracted or aviation accidents. However, the largest concerns stemmed from issues surrounding property values. Placing the flight paths of planes immediately over neighborhoods could greatly reduce property value. Since homes are often the largest assets owned by families in America, decreasing property values can have real financial consequences.

Thankfully, an agreement was made about the flight paths of the planes earlier this month. The planes will not return to their original flight paths. However, the planes will nudge closer to Newport Bay in order to stay away from homes. The modified flight paths still need to be formally approved by the FAA and the U.S. Department of Justice, but it appears this approval should occur without much difficulty.

Interestingly, the flight paths had been initially changed to supposedly help with the environment. It was believed flying the planes over residential areas immediately after take off would save money on fuel, reduce delays, and eliminate unnecessary carbon emissions. The new flight plans were able to be overturned due to a lack of convincing evidence the changed flight paths truly brought about the environmental claims.

This entire scenario demonstrated Californians take their homes seriously. They also don't like planes distracting their lifestyles. It also shows that government studies fail to consistently offer the full truth.


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