So, We’re Just Not Going to Have Air-Traffic Controllers at Hundreds of Airports Now

Your next flight.

You know those people in the airport towers who prevent planes from crashing into each other and killing everyone onboard? The United States doesn't have the money to pay them anymore.

The planned shutdown of up to 238 air traffic control towers across the country under federal budget cuts will strip away an extra layer of safety during takeoffs and landings, leaving pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own.

The towers slated to close are at smaller airports with lighter traffic, and all pilots are trained to land without help by communicating among themselves on a common radio frequency. But airport directors and pilots say there is little doubt the removal of that second pair of eyes on the ground increases risk and will slow the progress that has made the U.S. air system the safest in the world.

Well, how important is it, really, to not have plane crashes?