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Air Traffic Controllers #73302

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 02, 1981
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(Studio) Possibility of air traffic controllers strike reported.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) [Trans. Secretary Drew LEWIS - outlines government's position.] [PATCO president Robert POLI - says deadline won't be extended.] Union's demands and government's response outlined on screen, discussed. [Federal mediator Ken. MOFFETT - acknowledges pessimistic atmosphere.] [LEWIS - comments on extension of strike deadline.] President Reagan mentioned. [Courtesy NBC, Attorney General William French SMITH - threatens prosecution of strikers.]
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Mil. personnel reported preparing to fill in if strike occurs.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(NYC) Travelers' response to strike threat examined. [Al BRUGGEMEYER and PASSENGER - note their inconvenience.] FAA's strike preparations outlined; impact of strike on short flights noted. [US Air spokesperson Henry JOHANSON - comments.] Airports' preparations mentioned; Amtrak, Avis incld. in report
REPORTER: Richard Anderson

(Studio) Estimated loss of airline industry and United States economy in general reported.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Anderson, Richard;
Donaldson, Sam;
Gregory, Bettina

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