DCA Receives 6,500 Noise Complaints... From The Same Person

Open Jaw

Someone living near Washington's Reagan National Airport (DCA) is really ticked off about the increased noise generated by new flight patterns. He or she also appears to have a lot of time on their hands.

One individual filed 6,500 of the 8,670 noise complaints about DCA received by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority last year— that’s an amazing average of 18 complaints a day over the course of the year.

"It wasn't me," Ed Solomon, President of the D.C. Fair Skies Coalition, told NBC News. But the fact that flights are leaving earlier and landing later in the day than was historically allowed, and that some are now flying at lower altitudes, "is shaking folks homes and impacting the quality of life severely in some neighborhoods," Solomon said.

No word yet from airport authorities on just who that super-irritated person is, but even without that person's constant filing, complaints associated with aircraft noise at DCA have been rising.

In 2014, the Noise Information Office at DCA received 1,286 noise complaints from 149 individuals, with one person filing 577, or 45% of the complaints.

"The growing demand for personal and business travel during the early morning and late night hours has prompted additional flights during the night time hour, which has been noticed by nearby communities," the DCA Noise Information Office noted in it 2014 report.

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