Flight patterns should be directed away from homes

In answer to a letter about the column on airplane noise being right on — really?

We moved to Federal Way in 1997, from Boulevard Park, about 4.6 miles north of SeaTac Airport. After 36 years, we had enough of the growth of SeaTac, and the hundreds of homes being removed, and the Highline School District getting fewer schools because of the noise of the growth of SeaTac. As for those so-called windows, they were a joke because after having ours in, in less than a year, the windows’ seals broke, and if we wanted them replaced, it was at our expense.

That was just the beginning, and since our children were out of school, we decided to move away from the growing noise of aircraft ascending and descending in and out of SeaTac.

So we decided to move as far south as possible, but not to leave our friends and their homes and away from our family. We bought a house and settled in the north end of Federal Way, about 16.4 miles southwest of SeaTac. We thought we had the right area because we could watch the flights, in and out of SeaTac, without the noise. But then, the third runway was built, more house were removed around SeaTac and more and more flights were coming over our house, at all hours of the night and day, dumping their fuel in the process.

The Port of Seattle answers to nobody but themselves. The Port of Seattle is taking out more homes, to the north of SeaTac, and have built a parking garage for those who work at SeaTac, and is now building an international terminal, to the north, to accommodate international flights coming into SeaTac. That is, if it isn’t already built.

We should try to get through to our so-called elected officials and find a way to stop the growing of SeaTac and taking out more homes and completely destroying the Highline School District. Changing flight patterns would be one way, like over the water to the southwest and over commercial areas and as far away from homes as possible. Or is the Federal Way school district next on the list to destroy schools zones, like Highline?

Sorry Federal Way citizens, this is only the beginning what the Port of Seattle has for you in its future.

Patsy Gee, Federal Way

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