No fly zone?

Remember the ruckus over McCarran flight paths?

When the FAA decided in 2005 to alter departure routes at the airport — having some planes turn right over the northwest after taking off to the west rather than following the traditional path over the southwest part of the valley — thousands of residents in Summerlin and the Lakes complained. The noise, they argued, would hinder their quality of life and reduce property values.

Despite protests, the FAA went forward with the change, which remains in effect. But at least frustrated residents in the northwest can take comfort in knowing they’re not alone.

The Associated Press reports that a couple in Philadelphia have taken an unusual step to protest an FAA-ordered change in departures from that city’s major airport.

Angry with the increase in airplane noise, homeowner Michael Hall and his girlfriend painted a message on their rooftop that, in 7-foot letters, reads “(Expletive) U FAA,” and includes a plane with a slash through it and the words “no fly zone.”

Mr. Hall told the Philadelphia Daily News that “just doing it made me feel better.”

But before anyone out in Summerlin gets a similar idea, they’d better remember those pesky CC&Rs.

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