...As NATCA Complains...

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The new directive is "bizarre," the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) said on Tuesday, and "will greatly exacerbate flight delays." It's "inefficient and wasteful," forcing tower personnel to "scramble" to come up with a justification to continue doing things they are already doing, NATCA said. "The likely outcome is that busy airports will eventually get waivers, leaving the real safety concerns unaddressed, while other airports will operate under unnecessary restrictions," said NATCA President John Carr. "Pilots will have no effective way of knowing where this rule is in effect and where it has been waived," he said. "The FAA will have expended untold resources to create the appearance of safety management without doing anything that actually enhances the safety of the system ... These towers now have to jump through hoops to do on Oct. 1 what they've done quite successfully for the last 50-plus years."