Privatizing the nation’s Air Traffic Control system could put a damper on natural disaster response, according to the former Chief of Staff on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Noah Kroloff served as chief of staff of the US Department of Homeland Security from 2009-2013 and as deputy chief of staff to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. He writes in an opinion piece in theĀ Clarion Ledgernewspaper that during natural disasters such hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, small and rural airports have served as a vital link in getting supplies to areas where they were needed. He said that if the plan to privatize ATC goes through as recommended by President Donald Trump and House Transportation Chair Bill Shuster (R-PA), new fees and taxes could place those airports at a disadvantage as resources are shifted to airports in major urban areas.

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