Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg expressed concern over an increase in serious close calls in the air travel sector during the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Summit. Buttigieg called for the aviation industry to aid in addressing the issue as initial data suggests more errors than usual are occurring on runways, at gates, in control towers, and on flight decks. The FAA convened the summit following a series of close calls among planes. Buttigieg urged leaders to consider questions that will help address the situation and listed some measures already in place to mitigate the issue. The Biden administration’s nominee to lead the FAA, Phil Washington, is still being considered in Congress.

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