Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) expressed his disappointment with the committee’s decision to include five extra slots for long-distance flights from Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in the bill. He believes that cramming more flights onto an already busy runway will negatively impact DMV residents. Despite this, the bill’s advancement follows high-profile incidents involving aircraft safety, including an “explosive decompression” on an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 flight. The incident occurred when a panel plugging an unused emergency exit door blew off during the plane’s flight last month. The bill’s supporters believe that it will help nurture innovation and nascent technology like air taxis, hypersonic planes, and unmanned aircraft amidst the challenges faced by the aviation industry.