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Union warns of new delays at SeaTac

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SEATTLE, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Air-traffic controllers warned Wednesday that increasing the number of flights at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport would likely result in more delays.

Officials at the National Air Traffic Controllers Association Seattle local said the Federal Aviation Administration refuses to address an upcoming wave of retirements at the Seattle-area control center.

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"We're going to replace these people with new, less experienced controllers, and the efficiency levels have the potential to drop," said Patrick Brown, a vice president of the Seattle local.

The Seattle Times said three airlines had plans to add flights at the airport. The union said the FAA had taken no steps to offer incentives for the veteran controllers to stay on the job.

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