Homes located near major airports and under low-lying flight paths often sell for a discount, as no one likes the idea of hearing roaring jets pass overhead on a regular basis.

In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration’s $35.6 billion Next Generation Air Transportation System began implementing changes to flight paths over major metropolitan areas. However, that caused a problem among homeowners in neighborhoods that are relatively far from airports, where residents say airplane noise was never a problem before, but now say the new flight paths are ruining their backyard birthday parties and destroying their peace of mind, reports Katy McLaughlin for The Wall Street Journal.

Impacted residents from wealthy communities such as Roslyn, N.Y., and Georgetown in Washington D.C., are organized, politically active and technologically savvy. Since 2013, dozens of opposition groups have popped up, including the Scottsdale Coalition for Airplane Noise Abatement and Sky Posse Palo Alto. They are teaching neighbors how to register complaints with airport authorities and lobbying state representatives to make changes. Pressure from angry residents even led to the formation of a bipartisan congressional Quiet Skies Caucus, with 43 members, formed in 2014 to address airplane noise issues.

The courts have also gotten involved. In 2015, four historic neighborhoods in downtown Phoenix and the city of Phoenix filed suit against the FAA, alleging that from one day to the next flight paths had dramatically changed the year before. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., ruled against the FAA in August. By late May, as part of a settlement, the FAA reverted most of the flight paths over Phoenix to where they were before September of 2014; the newly instated flight paths are over less populated areas and higher in the sky, said the FAA spokesman.

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