Residents near BWI, Reagan National pushing for legal action over plane noise from FAA's NextGen
COLUMBIA, Md. - Some communities around Reagan National Airport and BWI say the constant, loud airplane noise above their homes is unbearable.
Petitions for both Reagan National and BWI airports against the FAA have been filed by the Maryland attorney general.
Residents say they've noticed the difference when local airports started using NextGen technology, where planes are guided by satellite navigation rather than radar.
The FAA says it makes flying safer, more efficient and more predictable.
"My home shakes everyday, can you imagine what that's doing to my foundation? Two years of constant... I call them 'jet quakes.' They are mini earth quakes all day long," says a Columbia, Maryland woman.
She does not want to be identified because she says the airplane noise above her home only allows her to get three to five hours of sleep a night and she says it has severely impacted her life and career.
"There's been times I've actually left my home, got in my car, drove til I couldn't hear a plane. Decided to stay there. I cant tell you everywhere I've stayed," she says.
She says for the last two years, an average of 125 planes fly over her home every day no matter the time. Many are lower to the ground as they take off or arrive at BWI airport, 11 miles away.
"I just got a new home and I'm imposing on friends. I have a four-bedroom, three and a half bath house that I should be able to rest in. And the fact that I hear them all the time. Its almost like a PTSD type of situation. You hear it, your heart palpitates, you're stressed. All you want to do, its like you pray for quiet."
Linda Curry lives over in Anne Arundel County, and is dealing with the same constant noise.
"If you took the water going out of a fire hose and just narrowed it down into a garden hose, how fast you think that water will be coming out the other end? So they have taken the traffic from being this wide to being [narrow], so concentrates the sound over specific areas."
She's now leading her community to get state senators involved in their fight.
"We can actually go into millions. Because this isn't just about [Reagan] National and BWI. This is Boston, California -- name a major airport, they are already dealing with this," she says.
"We are all seeing the same paths. We are all complaining about th planes being too low, too loud."
And in Columbia, residents there are desperate for a change too.
"It's a scary situation to think my home is falling apart because of this and I'm falling apart because of this."
Several community groups who say they are affected by this noise, are all working together and are prepared to take the fight to the Supreme Court.