The FAA is currently investigating an air traffic controller after he allegedly allowed his small children to communicate with pilots on the air traffic control frequency at JFK airport last month. The incident, which was captured in audio recording and posted on LiveATC.net, involves the controller’s young son clearing a Jet Blue flight for takeoff and communicating with another Air Mexico flight.
The supervisor on duty at the time is also under investigation. The FAA has released a statement, saying: “Pending the outcome of our investigation, the employees involved in this incident are not controlling air traffic. This behavior is not acceptable and does not demonstrate the kind of professionalism expected from all FAA employees.”
Dave Pascoe, who owns the website where the recordings were posted, thinks the situation is ridiculous, saying “when you listen to any of the recordings, the situation in the tower is very controlled. There is no hint … that anyone was too busy or anyone was interrupting the planes. … It was very controlled, and I don’t think safety was compromised.”
The Twittersphere has been abuzz with opinions on the matter too:
“They need 2 relax bout the child going 2 wrk w her dad & “helping” Air Traffic Control-tell em never 2 do again-not suspend him-Thoughts?” – Singer and songwriter, Jewel (@jeweljk)
“The Air Traffic Controller & his supervisor that allowed the child in the tower should be fired. It’s no place for distractions & not ‘cute'” – @AtlantaMichael
“NO! THE GUY SHOULD BE FIRED! RT @ricksanchezcnn: *frp* Air traffic controller who brought kids to work is suspended. Did FAA over react?” – @cjpatel32
“@jeweljk thats a tough one. Air Traffic control is responsible for air safety. Lotta lives at stake. Bad judgement. No1 hurt. Reprimand ok” – @CoalMinerTN
So what do you guys think? Irresponsibility on the job, or just a case of take your kid to work day blown out of proportion?
Let us know in the comments.
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