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Just ask the Federal Aviation Administration FAAem,strong which carries primary federal responsibility for making air travel work. When the agency proposed revamping the patchwork of air routes that contributes to crowding, it was slammed by no fewer than 13 lawsuits, mostly from local governments and civic associations concerned about noise.ppThis is far from the only problem afflicting the air system. Airlines schedule too many flights at peak hours, only to see them delayed on the tarmac. The FAA has moved glacially to deploy an improved air traffic control system that the airlines say would overcome the scheduling issue. Add to that the slow pace of runway construction, packed jetliners and inevitable bad weather, and you've got a complex recipe for aggravation.

New York is the hub of the air travel problem, and as Frank Sinatra might have put it, if you can fix it there, you can fix it anywhere. The Big Apple, and particularly , is the logical place to start. At JFK in October, your odds of landing on time from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. were .

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