Airplane noise complaints are skyrocketing: ‘I start pushing that button at 6:33 a.m.’

A lot of people are annoyed by the sound of airplanes flying over their homes. Then there is Beatrice Pardo.

She has lodged 12,694 official complaints with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority in the past 16 months.

Airplane Noise Complaints Are Skyrocketing: ‘I Start Pushing That Button at 6:33 a.m.’
Registering a detailed aircraft noise complaint online in San Diego requires filling in 10 fields and looking up the offending flight through the airport authority’s mapping program. But Ms. Pardo, a 62-year-old industrial designer, has taken an easier route. She uses a new invention called the Airnoise Button that allows her to register a complaint simply by pressing it.

“I start pushing that button at 6:33 a.m. when the noise starts and I stop at about 11:30 p.m.,” she said.

Today, 279 people possess Airnoise Buttons, which look roughly like small garage-door openers. Thus far, they have filed 226,366 noise objections in 10 cities. Mr. McCann also offers grumbling via his website and text messaging, bringing the tally to 399,924 complaints.

Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/airplane-noise-complaints-are-skyrocketing-i-start-pushing-that-button-at-6-33-a-m-1535121271

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