Place Your Bets: Which Airport Will Be Next to Have a Sleeping Air Controller?

North America, Travel News — By Candice Walsh on April 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

A third air controller has been fired for sleeping on the job, this time at Seattle’s Boeing Field. Apparently, the man was already facing disciplinary action for falling asleep on two other occasions. While tighter regulations are now being enforced (i.e. controllers must have at least 9 hours between shifts instead of the typical 8), others are betting this disaster happens again.

No, literally. Others are betting that the event happens again.

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Tony Harvey and his team of oddsmakers at have calculated the odds on which airport will fall victim to the Sandman next. The results indicate New York City’s JFK Airport is the next to be hit, with a 28.60% chance that the incidence will occur (and, according to the team, a +250 return on the wager). Following are Atlanta at 26.30%, Las Vegas and Dallas both at 25.50%, Chicago at 22.20%, and Denver at 21.70%. In the gambling world, this means that if you bet on Denver and they actually are next to have a controller who falls asleep on the job, you’ll receive the biggest return over picking the one most likely to fall asleep.

Don’t worry though, isn’t capitalizing on anyone else’s suffering—their main focus is horse racing, casino games, poker, and bingo. Just the same, you can bet on some areas of pop culture, and there’s a whole section dedicated to the Royal Wedding. Guess the color of Kate’s wedding dress, or whether or not Kate will include the word “obey” in her vows. The best bets, however, are placed for whether or not Prince Harry will get drunk at the wedding (perhaps feeling a little like the neglected sibling), or if Elton John will turn up to play a tune.


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