Plan allows San Jose airport staff to shoot at birds

November 25, 2012 3:29:51 PM PST
San Jose city leaders have approved a controversial plan to deal with birds at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

They approved an ordinance change to allow airport staffers to shoot at the birds to clear them from the airfield.

If scaring the birds doesn't clear them out, the airport now has permission to shoot them.

Birds pose a danger to jets because they can get sucked into the engines resulting in planes losing power.

San Francisco and Oakland airports already allow the practice.