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FAA Ditches Navigation Codes Named for Trump

No more 'UFIRD' near Palm Beach airport
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2015 4:51 PM CDT
FAA Ditches Navigation Codes Named for Trump
Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Easily, the weirdest Donald Trump snub yet: The FAA will rename three navigation codes near the Palm Beach airport that had been named in honor of him. Yes, it seems that in 2010, an air traffic controller who was a big, big fan named three pilot waypoints DONLD, TRMMP, and UFIRD, reports the New York Times. The agency explains that it's making the move because it prefers the codes to be "non-controversial."

The Donald is unruffled: “‘Making America Great Again’ is far more important to me than an honor I never knew I had,” he says in a statement. Which is weird, because the story is drawing attention to a 2010 article in the Sun Sentinel in which Trump is quoted as saying he was flattered by the names. ABC notes that naming such such codes after celebs isn't unusual—one in Cleveland is named for LeBron James. (Read more FAA stories.)

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