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New FAA flight paths for MSP: Where the noise is going

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EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) -

Near the airport, the noise can be deafening -- but those living nearby may need to cope with even more if the new flight paths proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration go into effect.

Eagan resident Gary Torfin admits he was frustrated on Tuesday evening when he learned that he is among those who could have to deal with even more airport noise.

"Right now, you have to quiet down with company over. Some jets are quite loud," he said. "This is going to put a plane over the house every 10 minutes -- a constant racket."

Torfin's home is directly below the flight path proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration, which was unveiled at an open house meeting on Tuesday.

"I'm not very pleased right now," he said, frankly. "Whoever is ordering or suggesting this change is being short-sighted."

Citing safety as a top priority, the FAA would like to see the busy international airport change the way planes take off. Currently, the flights are spread out, fanned into vectors that leave airplanes ascending out over several different neighborhoods depending on weather, air congestion and destination.

The new proposal would use high-tech navigational equipment to create consistent and narrow paths, almost like highway corridors. FAA officials explain that planes would follow those exact lines, but that means while some metro residents will get less noise, others could be facing a whole lot more.

"Seventy-two flights per day, going through a 12-hour stretch -- every 10 minutes. That changes life out on the deck. It would be terrible," Torfin said.

The FAA tried to direct air traffic over busy highways, like the crosstown to the west, Highway 77 and over the Minnesota River to the south to minimize noise -- but the concentration has some, like Laura Baxley, feeling worried.

"We're accustomed to having some disruptions," she said. "I would not be pleased if it was constant, all-day interruptions. That would be a huge change," she said.

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