Two Air Traffic Controllers Suspended After Kid Take Controls
‘Take your child to work day’ may now be a thing of the past at one New York airport.
-April Daniels Hussar
Having to bring a child to the office is something every working parent can relate to … but an air traffic control tower? Mmmm not so much.
After a recording of a child participating in an traffic control radio call was posted to the Internet yesterday, the controller who brought his elementary shoal age son to work at JFK and his supervisor have both been suspended.
“This lapse in judgment not only violated FAA’s own policies, but common-sense standards for professional conduct. These kinds of distractions are totally unacceptable,” FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement. “This kind of behavior does not reflect the true caliber of our work force.”
According to HuffingtonPost.com, “On the recording, which lasts about a minute, the … boy appears to repeat instructions fed to him by his father. At no time does the child tell aircraft how to maneuver in flight.”
Well that’s a relief.
He did get to say, “JetBlue 171, cleared for takeoff,” and one point he even told Air Mexico pilots, “Adios amigos.”
At the time, pilots didn’t seem to mind. “I wish I could bring my kid to work,” one said.
Um, to be honest, I’m kind of glad you can’t. (HuffingtonPost.com)