A City Council committee voted unanimously Tuesday to order staff to draw up a list of objections to a proposed Federal Aviation Administration policy on airport access and capacity.
Members of the Airport Affairs Committee expressed concern that the federal policy would strip Long Beach and other cities of any control over the number of flights at airports, giving control instead to federal officials.
The airport access issue has been of paramount concern in Long Beach, where residents and airline interests have waged a protracted battle over how many commercial jet flights should be allowed at the city airport.
"It's terrifying," said Councilman Edd Tuttle, committee chairman and a longtime opponent of more flights at the airport. "With this policy, the federal government is saying in essence that it wants complete control."