...As Concerns Spread West

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Meanwhile, in Washington, the problem has been returns dropping off the screens and it's proving a little harder to pin down. Since the middle of September, controllers have occasionally had radar returns briefly disappear, while the information tag remains. Brown told The Washington Post that it's believed that overlapping radars are the cause and upgrades are being done. And while Washington, Boston, New York, Chicago and other massive facilities are often cited as problem areas, rapidly growing airports like Denver are also getting their share of attention. A software upgrade recently went wrong in Denver and caused problems until new software was installed. But as Denver sees increasing traffic, the union is saying there aren't enough controllers to safely handle the load. "I'm comfortable with where my staffing is now," Steve Stcynske, manager of the terminal radar approach control facility in Denver told KMGH TV. "Safety was never compromised."