Not much scarier than an air traffic controller allowing his kid to issue commands. Unless maybe it’s allowing another kid to do the same thing the very next day, officials said Wednesday.
An initial investigation by the Federal Aviation Authority revealed that the unidentified controller’s second child gave directions to two separate planes on Feb. 17.
The revelations emerged a day after the controller and his supervisor were suspended over the Feb. 16 incident.
On that day, the controller’s young son made a total of five transmissions to pilots operating four separate aircrafts.
“JetBlue 171 cleared for takeoff,” the boy says in his first call. His dad then gave more detailed instructions to the pilot and said: “This is what you get, guys, when the kids are out of school.”
The pilots were amused. But the stunt infuriated regulators. “This lapse in judgment not only violated FAA’s own policies, but common sense standards for professional conduct,” FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said Wednesday. He also added: “These kinds of distractions are totally unacceptable.”
The union that represents air traffic controllers also criticized the controller’s judgement. [via NYDailyNews]