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Subject:  Wait! ... You mean??? Date:  3/3/2013  10:23 AM
Author:  Goofyhoofy Number:  1863150 of 2229600

At Kan. airport, fliers back sequester cuts . . .

but, wait, they’re closing the control tower?

The federal budget cuts were still an abstraction as American Eagle Flight 3429 crossed the snow-crusted plains into southwestern Kansas. Kevin Colvin, a construction manager flying in for work, looked out of the window at the tiny airport below.

“They make it sound like, ‘Oh my God! We’re going to die if we make these cuts!’?” he said, eating a potato chip, the cuts still two days away. “I think it’s a bunch of BS.”

The cuts came into clearer focus Thursday. Garden City Regional Airport would lose its air traffic controllers, saving the federal government $318,756 and leaving pilots to handle landings, takeoffs and weather conditions mostly by themselves.

That's what I was hoping for: that I could save a couple cents and land at airports without manned control towers. What could go wrong?

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