An air traffic controller was suspended for letting his child direct air traffic at JFK, the FAA announced Wednesday. The man brought his child to work and let the child give commands to airplanes over the air traffic control radio frequency. The man and his supervisor have been suspended while an investigation is underway, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported about the February 17th incident.
“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 written statement Wednesday.
“We have an incredible team of professionals who safely control our nation’s skies every single day. This kind of behavior does not reflect the true caliber of our workforce.”
According to an FAA statement released earlier, “This behavior is not acceptable and does not demonstrate the kind of professionalism expected from all FAA employees.”
In the video below, the father can be heard saying to the pilots, “Here’s what you get, guys, when the kids are out of school.”
One of the responding pilots laugh and says, “Wish I could bring my kid to work.” And later tells the child, “Awesome job.”
Many pilots and air traffic control workers disagree with the FAA decision and stated that the whole situation has been blown out of proportion, and that there wasn’t any breach in security. Listen to the video below.
Delta Airlines has several US based hubs, and Salt Lake City International airport and JFK are two of those cities with Delta hubs. This allows for several straight flights, without connections from Salt Lake City to JFK and back.
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