Monday, March 28, 2011

The sleeping air traffic controller

Federal aviation officials are reviewing air traffic controller staffing at airports around the country after two airliners landed at Reagan National Airport without clearance from the airport tower because they were unable to raise anyone there. An aviation official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the incident, said an air traffic supervisor — the lone controller on duty around midnight on Tuesday when the incident occurred — had fallen asleep.

Of course, Congress, the bureaucrats and the regulators were too busy dealing with the nonsense non issue of alleged airport security full body scans to deal with the real problem of sleeping air traffic controllers working multiple consecutive overnight shifts.

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