FAA Hopes New Software Can Ease Flight Delays

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/10451410/10451413" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

In an effort to minimize flight delays, air-traffic controllers will soon offer pilots a choice of accepting a departure delay or a detour around small areas of bad weather.

The Federal Aviation Administration's plan relies on software that will identify bad weather, such as thunderstorms, and search the flight plans of thousands of planes to see which ones are headed for the spots.

Robert Siegel talks to Matthew Wald of The New York Times.

Related NPR Stories



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.