The Implementation Of The First National Noise Abatement Act And The Subsequent Actions Thereafter
Noise is defined as unwanted sound, which can affect the human body in a number of ways. There is evidence of high blood pressure, irritability, and lack of sleep that cause additional problems (Goines, Hagler, 2007). In 1968, the culmination of public outcry over airport noise was enough to bring change to national policy. The jet era was in full swing and residents whom were content with a soft buzzing in the distance were now overwhelmed with noise that rattled windows and interrupted sleep. As the community made complaints to their local representatives, laws were passed to try to ease the amount of noise by jet engines. Without a federal standard, most local laws were thrown out; however, judges ruled that airports were allowed to restrict certain types of aircraft. These consisted of large turbine aircraft, to help reduce complaints within the community. This study will detail the reasons for the implementation of the first national noise abatement act and the subsequent actions thereafter.
As aircraft technology advanced, so did the jet engine. It was no longer was an engine on military aircraft, but one being used to transport thousands of passengers daily, throughout the United States. Many of the airports during the 1960’s were in close proximity to neighborhoods and parks, and propeller driven aircraft had not caused the amount of noise pollution seen with this new jet engines. Anyone within audible range was able to testify to the increase in…