PHOENIX (KSAZ) - An Arizona Congressman introduced a bill hoping to force the FAA to reconsider changes to flight paths used by airlines.
Rep. Ruben Gallego and 14 cosponsors introduced the "FAA Accountability Act," Thursday. The act would force the FAA to evaluate current flight paths that cause unacceptable high levels of noise.
Gallego's bill would also designate a "Community Ombudsmen" to serve as a voice in the process and prevent the FAA from bypassing an environmental review process.
Rep. Ruben Gallego said, "Last September, the FAA altered flight paths for aircrafts departing from Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. The changes were made without meaningful input or consultation with community members or civic leaders, and have caused severe noise disruptions that have lowered the quality of life for many members of my community. My bill would help address this problem in Phoenix and make sure that other communities across the country don't suffer the same consequences of the FAA's opaque decision-making process."