Four More Dozing Air Traffic Controllers Suspended
FAA will add controllers at 26 airports
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2011 8:32 AM CDT
An air traffic control tower is seen in Memphis.   (AP Photo/Greg Campbell, File)

(Newser) – The epidemic of snoozing air traffic controllers continues: Four more have been suspended for nodding off on the job, the FAA announced yesterday. One of those was a controller at Nevada's Reno-Tahoe International Airport, who slept for 16 minutes early yesterday as an airborne ambulance carrying a patient landed with no assistance. Another, in Seattle, fell asleep on the job three times in less than a week, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In response to the spate of incidents (click here and here for the first two), more overnight staffers will be added at 26 airports, officials say. The airports affected previously had only one overnight controller in the tower, but will now have two. In addition, in an effort to ensure the "safety and professionalism" of controllers, officials will visit control facilities starting next week, FAA chief Randy Babbitt says. Meanwhile, a group of officials is campaigning for "controlled napping" to be allowed at some locations during controllers' breaks.

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Apr 14, 2011 3:38 PM CDT
"Meanwhile, a group of officials is campaigning for "controlled napping" to be allowed at some locations during controllers' breaks." \ hahahahaaaa crap man thats gutsy. They all sleep now and we are just going to make it policy. You gotta hand it to the government teat suckers, they got balls.
Apr 14, 2011 1:31 PM CDT
Fuck air traffic controllers. You read all this BULLSHIT about how they have one of the most stressful jobs on the planet - really? then how the fuck are you sleeping on the job. Stress != sleep.
Apr 14, 2011 12:58 PM CDT
FIRE THEM...Now! Why wait until they kill someone. They should be fired and never hired in a federal job again.