The PATCO Echo
An air-traffic tower at Reagan National went silent. Blame the Gipper's ghost.
*Correction, March 31, 2011: An earlier version of this column referred, erroneously, to the Professional Air Traffic Controllers' Association." It is the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, and there is no apostrophe after "Controllers." ( Return to the corrected sentence.)
Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.
Photograph of airport control tower by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.