Chao tight-lipped during confirmation hearing
During her confirmation hearing before the Senate, U.S. Secretary of Transportation nominee Elaine Chao did not clarify if she supported the detachment of the U.S. Air Traffic Organization (ATO) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Attorney David Whitestone believes that a reorganization of air traffic control would likely result in an ATO separate from the FAA.
"There have been suggestions that the operational aspects of the FAA would perform better if they were in a different organisation. Different of course is subject to interpretation," said Mr. Whitestone. "There are 535 members of Congress and there are probably 536 opinions on how to manage air traffic at the FAA."