Yet Another Air Traffic Controller Caught Napping

That's the seventh this year; FAA changing work schedules
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2011 1:47 PM CDT
The FAA control tower at Reagan National Airport.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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(Newser) – Another air traffic controller has been suspended for sleeping on the job, this time at a Miami radar center. That's No. 7 this year, notes CNN. This one's especially priceless because the entire crew got a lecture on professionalism—emphasis on not falling asleep—prior to the start of last night's midnight shift. The FAA said today it will immediately change its overnight scheduling system to try to reduce controllers' fatigue, notes AP.

The controller has been suspended, and he apparently didn't miss any calls or endanger planes. He was one of 14 on duty at the time at the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center. The FAA, whose air traffic chief resigned yesterday, plans two days of safety meetings starting Monday. Click to catch up on previous napping stories.

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