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Airport Traffic Towers Will Continue to Operate

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SALISBURY, Md.- On Friday morning the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that will give the Federal Aviation Administration funding to stop furloughs for airport traffic controllers. The bill was approved Thursday night by the Senate.

This will affect 149 federally contracted towers across the country, and including the towers at airports in Salisbury and Easton.  This relief is only temporary, and by the end of the fiscal year in September, the FAA will have to revisit the funding of traffic control towers nationwide.  

The potential closing of the Salisbury airport tower worries air travelers like Jody Carson, who said, "It could create a bad accident possibly. It wouldn't be very good."  

If the towers were to close, the safety of the flight would be the pilots' responsibility.

Salisbury Airport manager Robert Bryant said the tower is key for the future expansion of the airport.  

"You take that air traffic control tower out of the picture and that will have an impact on our ability to market this airport."  

The Salisbury Airport is particularly interested in attracting the aerospace industry as well as other commercial airlines. But for now, everything will continue as usual.  

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