Air traffic tower closures will strip safety net - Article Photos 5/8

In this March 12, 2013 photo, baggage handlers unload an American Eagle jet after it landed at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill. The airport is one of nearly 240 small airports around the country that will likely shut down their air traffic control towers under federal budget cuts, stripping away a layer of safety during takeoffs and landings and leaving many pilots to manage the most critical stages of flight on their own. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)