Last updated: 11:14 AM ET, Fri July 10 2015

FAA to Drop Names of Donald Trump-Inspired Navigation Points

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | July 10, 2015

FAA to Drop Names of Donald Trump-Inspired Navigation Points

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Like many other businesses and organizations across the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration is ending its relationship with eccentric billionaire Donald Trump.

According to The Associated Press, the FAA announced Thursday that it will be changing the names of three navigation points near Palm Beach International Airport in Florida due to the fact that they were named for the Republican presidential candidate.

The backlash against Trump comes from comments he made regarding Mexican immigrants, saying via The Washington Post, “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

The FAA claims that it names navigation points after celebrity personalities all the time, but the organization elects to choose names that are not controversial. When Trump made his comments about Mexican immigrants, the FAA decided it was time for a change.

The navigation points are used by pilots and air traffic controllers, and the ones near Palm Beach were named after Trump, who has a home in the area. The points were named DONLD, TRMMP and UFIRED, but the change will take effect in several months.

The FAA is just the latest in a long list of companies and organizations that have cut ties with Trump in the weeks since his racially-insensitive comments, including NASCAR, Macy’s, NBCUniversal, ESPN, the PGA, Serta and many others.

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