Noise complaints taking off in the Hamptons as visitors, locals hop on cheaper chopper flights

Associated Press

It's summertime in the Hamptons and the biggest buzz is coming from the sky.

Complaints about noise coming from aircraft ferrying visitors and locals to and from one of America's best-known vacation playgrounds for the rich and famous have more than tripled over last year. And takeoffs and landings at the East Hampton Town Airport are up 2,000 from a year ago.

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That's due in part to a new service that lets people book 40-minute chopper rides to and from Manhattan for relatively cheap prices.

East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell says a number of remedies are being considered. Proposals include banning or restricting the number of flights and forcing aircraft to fly farther over Long Island Sound before turning south to East Hampton.