Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers Prompts FAA Action

American Voicestravelairlines ISSUE 47•15 Apr 15, 2011

After several recent cases of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job—including one incident that delayed the landing of a medical flight—the Federal Aviation Administration announced it was adding more overnight controllers at 27 towers. What do you think?

  • “An air traffic controller fell asleep at Ronald Reagan National Airport? I thought he fired all those lazy union bums.”

    Diane May –
    Systems Analyst

  • “It's a real Catch-22. If their job were more exciting, then they wouldn't fall asleep. But if they didn't fall asleep, then they wouldn't misdirect planes and make them crash. Catch-22.”

    David Taylor –
    Unemployed

  • “Lucky them. I can never sleep through a flight.”

    Ward Deacon –
    Salesman

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