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Neighbors air frustrations over airport noise

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) -  On Wednesday night, neighbors aired their frustrations, not only about the noise but also about potential health dangers, as they continue to fight flight path changes.

A full ninety-percent of of complaints - tracked by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority - came from the community of Point Loma.

Most of those complaints came from the neighborhood known as 'The Wooded Area', near Point Loma Nazarene University.

"My house has been in the wooded area since 1949, and we have never had plane noise," said Terry Johnson. 

Residents who packed Wednesday night's meeting of the Airport Noise Advisory Committee said that over the past couple months that [plane noise] has changed drastically. 

"It doesn't stop. It doesn't stop! Sometimes I just burst into tears because I can't stand it anymore," said Johnson. 

While not the purview of this committee, the proposed flight path changes by the FAA spurred homeowners to show up Wednesday night to voice their concerns that those change. 

The flight changes have already been initiated, bringing more flights directly over their homes - decreasing their quality of life and property values. 

Also, increasing potentially dangerous health effects.

 "What really concerns me is that I feel like I'm in the bullseye of a ring of jet fuel pollution," said another resident. 

At a hearing in September, the FAA stated that those flight path changes, which would save millions in jet fuel and cut down on carbon emissions, had not been enacted. 

For its part, the Airport Noise Advisory Committee said that measured noise levels have actually been on the decline. 

"Our contours are shrinking. Very, very, very minor, but they are not getting larger. We certainly cannot correlate any increases in noise to the complaints in the Wooded Area," said program manger, Sjohnna Knack.

The FAA is expected to make a decision on the proposed nationwide flight path changes in early 2016, and they would go into effect in the fall of 2016. 

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