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FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, the Newark Liberty International Airport the air traffic control tower in Newark, N.J. A government watchdog says there are too few fully qualified controllers at more than a dozen air traffic facilities stretching from Atlanta to Anchorage. A report released Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, by the Transportation Department's inspector general says the 13 airport towers, approach control facilities and en route centers have fewer fully trained controllers than the minimum number established by the Federal Aviation Administration. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - In this May 21, 2015 file photo, the Newark Liberty International Airport the air traffic control tower in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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Watchdog: Too few air traffic controllers where needed most

There are too few fully qualified controllers at more than a dozen of the nation's busiest air traffic facilities stretching from Atlanta to Anchorage, according to report released Tuesday by a government watchdog.

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Union: Chronic shortage of air traffic controllers a crisis

A chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for the union that represents air traffic controllers said Tuesday.

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FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2009, file photo, jets sit on the tarmac in front of the control tower at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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Controllers reveal risk that could cause plane collisions

Five air traffic controllers have exposed a problem that is putting planes at risk of colliding or causing accidents due to wake turbulence, a federal whistleblower protection office said Tuesday.

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The control tower at San Francisco International Airport on February 25, 2013 in California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Software update may be responsible for malfunction, says FAA

A technical problem at an air traffic control center in Virginia that caused hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled along a large swath of the East Coast was possibly caused by a software upgrade, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday.

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The control tower at San Francisco International Airport on February 25, 2013 in California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Aviation agency unveils messaging system to reduce delays

A system that replaces verbal communication between pilots and air traffic controllers with computerized messages was unveiled Thursday by federal aviation officials, who said the system will reduce delays during weather events and cut down on errors that occur during routine voice transmissions.

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A passenger jet flies past the FAA control tower at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport in March 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
A passenger jet flies past the FAA control tower at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport in March 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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FAA Controllers Still Working ‘Rattler’ Schedules

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Air traffic controllers are still working schedules known as "rattlers" that make it likely they'll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, more than three years after a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, according to a government report released Friday.

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Obama Signs Legislation to End FAA Furloughs

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to end furloughs of air traffic controllers.

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