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      Couples career comes in for a landing

      Officials with Southwest Georgia Regional Airport confirmed on Friday that the Albany air traffic control tower has been placed on the FAA closure list due to the sequestration.

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      Officials with Southwest Georgia Regional Airport confirmed on Friday that the Albany air traffic control tower has been placed on the FAA closure list due to sequestration.

      This decision leaves several employees out of a job, two of those are Mary and Bob Haas.

      Mary Haas says this is devestating financially to her family for her and her husband to be losing their jobs simultaneously. She says she isn't sure what the next step is for her family, but with the large number of air control traffic towers closing, she is certain her and her husband and daughter will have to leave Albany and find new careers.

      Bob Haas says he is concerned about the bigger picture. He believes the FAA is making a mistake with this decision and says closing the air control traffic tower is going to directly affect the safety of the pilots and the passengers. Haas says with no air traffic controllers, pilots will be taking over what they do, which could in turn distract them from flying the plane. Haas also says this is going to create flight delays and longer waiting times.

      Haas feels the services that are provided by the air traffic controllers are invaluable, and he believes the FAA needs to find some other way to save money.

      Both Mary and Bob Haas said it was important to them to reach out to the public and explain what exactly this decision means and how it will effect them in the long run.

      According to officials, the four week phased closures will begin on April 7.

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