The article was done by the Associated Press, and appeared in hundreds, perhaps thousands, of publications. I thought it had a lot of good, valid information. It also had quotes from the FAA's Laura Brown and Marion Blakey. On balance, it should scare the heck out of anybody that might be thinking of travelling by air.
It was apparently someone at the local level that attached that headline to it. When you consider that most of the media knows less about aviation, and ATC in particluar, than the least experienced member of this site, the inaccuracy of the headline is no surprise.