The majority of the flying public trusts the FAA is making this decision with air safety first and foremost because they want that to be the case. The fact of the matter is that the facts don't matter.
Before recommending a four-year college, high school guidance counselors and parents should determine whether a student would be better served at a community college in a program that virtually guarantees employment.
Is speedier air travel more important than lunch for senior citizens or early childhood education for pre-schoolers? How about cancer research, heating assistance, police protection, or special education? All have lost funding to the sequester.