NJ Senators concerned about new flight patterns

March 25, 2008 6:15:13 PM PDT
New Jersey's two U.S. senators say new flight patterns out of Newark and Philadelphia airports should be scrapped immediately due to safety and noise concerns. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez criticized the Federal Aviation Administration's handling of the new airspace plan at a press conference Tuesday.

The new flight patterns are part of a five-year plan to cut down on flight delays out of airports in the region.

The FAA says the new plan will mean less noise for a majority of people, although the loudest neighborhoods near airports will, on average, get louder.

The senators have blocked President Bush's nominee to head the FAA and say they won't let acting FAA administrator Robert Sturgell's nomination go through until the redesign plan is overhauled.