Buttigieg Finally Admits The Obvious
As the Biden administration‘s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg continues to fail to address the growing problems in the air travel sector, near–air collisions are becoming a cause of major concern. Over the holiday season, a software glitch caused the entire flight schedule of Southwest Airlines to crash, leaving many stranded in airport hell over Christmas. In January, a near Tenerife–like disaster was narrowly avoided at JFK airport.
Buttigieg has acknowledged that there have been “more mistakes than usual” in U.S. air travel lately, but his response has done little to address the issue. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) convened a summit following a series of close calls among planes, and Buttigieg told ABC News that the U.S. is on track to have more than 20 close calls with aircraft this year.
The issues don’t stop there. Under Buttigieg’s watch, there have been multiple train derailments that have gone largely ignored. His response to the toxic train crash in East Palestine, Ohio was to lecture us about the dangers of the construction business having too many white people participating in it, rather than recognizing that this was a crisis.
The Republican Party has been quick to call out Buttigieg’s failures. Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming has been vocal in his criticism of the Biden administration‘s lack of progress on the issue. “The Biden administration has failed to make the safety of Americans traveling on our airlines and railways a priority,” he said. “They are playing politics with people’s lives.”
In response to the growing criticism, Buttigieg has attempted to downplay the issue, offering up the same old Biden line: “U.S. aviation remains an exceptionally safe mode of travel.” Pete has barely recognized the crises at hand and instead lectures on woke ideologies.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 15, 2023