Bush looks to help delayed passengers

President Bush has promised to take significant steps to help reduce air traffic congestion and the long delays that have left many US travelers grounded.The US President is quoted by the press as saying, “Endless hours sitting in an airplane on a runway with no communication between a pilot and the airport is just not right,”

Many of the most significant problems have been at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has asked airlines to try and formulate a plan to improve scheduling there.

Peters met with Bush yesterday, alongside acting Federal Aviation Administrator Bobby Sturgell.

Following discusions the president urged Congress to look at legislation to modernize the FAA, and instructed Peters to report back to him quickly about ways to ensure that air passengers are treated appropriately and progress is made to ease congestion.

“We’ve got a problem,” Bush said. “We understand there’s a problem. And we’re going to address the problem.”