Air traffic tower closures will strip safety net - Article Photos 1/8

In this March 11, 2013 photo, Mark Hanna, director of the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill., talks about the possible closing of the air traffic control tower behind him and nearly 240 more around the country under federal budget cuts. Airport directors and pilots are concerned that eliminating a second pair of eyes on the ground will increase risk throughout the American air-transport system, the world’s safest. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)