New technology will speed up travel times

February 13, 2012 6:23:54 PM PST
Our nation's airports are in for a technological upgrade and consumers will see a huge benefit.

Most of our country's airports are using old technology to track plans and bring them in for a landing, but a new set of rules will replace the 60-year-old air traffic control ground-based radar system with a GPS-based network. The new system will shorten flight times and save fuel.

"So this bill is going to help consumers. It's going to make for friendlier skies," said Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington.

The 35 busiest airports, which includes San Francisco International, are to have the new system in place within three years.