The Journal reveals that U.S. air traffic controllers in Oakland, Calif., who each monitor about 15 trans-Pacific flights at a time, still use strips of paper to track planes across their assigned expanse of ocean. The FAA' s technology for routing jumbo jets across open ocean - beyond the reach of radar - hasn't changed since the 1970s. The Journal says that the FAA was supposed to have updated the system long ago, but it pulled the plug on its overhaul in the late 1990s after cost overruns.
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