...with more empty words.
The U.S. Transportation Secretary, who comes out of the interstate trucking industry, repeats the much-ridiculed initiative from last Thanksgiving to open up some air lanes used by military aircraft for commercial traffic over the July 4th holiday.
The move "will help ensure that travelers don’t have to celebrate Independence Day by being stuck on an airplane,” she said.
Opening up military airspace, of course, is akin to adding an extra lane on I-95 for about 100 miles. Inevitably, of course, the traffic merges at a bottleneck.
Here's the announcement from DOT. Note how they always have to get the name of the glorious Boss in at the start of the headline:
U.S. Transportation Secretary Peters Announces Opening of Military Airspace for July Fourth Weekend
The U.S. military will again make airspace available for commercial airline flights off the East Coast during the July Fourth weekend to help reduce delays for air travelers, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced today. The airspace released by the military over the upcoming weekend will allow airlines to plan alternate routes in one of the country’s most heavily flown aviation corridors.
“Today’s announcement will help ensure that travelers don’t have to celebrate Independence Day by being stuck on an airplane,” said Secretary Peters.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is releasing airspace off the eastern seaboard from 6:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 3, to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7, the Secretary said. This is similar to what was done over Memorial Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving. The military continually works with the Federal Aviation Administration to release the airspace anytime it is not being used for military missions, the Secretary noted.
The DOD will release airspace off the east coast from Maine to Florida above 24,000 feet, and will continue to control airspace below 23,000 feet for training operations."