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Snags set back air traffic control system update
A Southwest Airlines plane takes off Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. The modernization of the U.S. air traffic control system, one of the government’s most ambitious and complex technology programs, is in trouble. The Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, was sold to Congress and the public by the Federal Aviation Administration a decade ago as a way to accommodate an anticipated surge in air travel, reduce fuel consumption and improve safety and efficiency. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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