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Another air controller fired for sleeping on job

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says a third air traffic controller has been fired for napping on the job. An email from the agency says the controller assigned to Boeing Field i . . . (flightaware.com) और अधिक...

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Av8nut
Michael Fuquay 0
Oh boy...Here we go again (sigh).
preacher1
preacher1 0
I think these were the aftermaths of the suspensions done with the first round. I remember seeing the guy down at Knoxville TN got canned last week.
pussntoots
Steve Pusey 0
So....You put a man in a dark, quiet room and tell him to look out the windows with little else to do during the hours of midnight to six A.M., and expect him to stay alert and awake. Does anyone want to examine the human physiological element in this picture???

Jason80
Jason Bischel 0
I'm thinking certain towers are trying harder to find this kinda thing just to show that they're "on the ball", not necessarily for safety reasons. Sort of a witch-hunt type of thing. The guy could have his eyes closed for a minute due to a headache or whatever, then he gets hit with a "sleeping on the job" accusation. Just a thought, it just seems that there's too many "found" doing this than normal.
RGibson259
Robert Gibson` 0
This job description needs a 'power nap' element in it.
Av8nut
Michael Fuquay 0
I see both sides of the story. On the one hand, the controllers should get adequate rest before work. If they have enough years experience to be in the tower, they should know what to expect. However too, I see the need to rework the crazy schedules they work and the lack of adequate personnel to staff the schedules. They are clearly overworked, but it's still no excuse for sleepping on the job.
preacher1
preacher1 0
You know, there is not a comment up here that hasn't got some validity to it. I think that there is going to have to be some middle ground found here somewhere between a sorry employee that can't stay awake and the power nap concept. Just as knowledge has turned up many things in the last few years that earlier generations just went on with, fatigue is coming to the forefront in many occupations and is going to have to be dealt with. The folks that are doing all this big talk are working 8-5 and going home and sleeping during the night, so they can't have that much understanding of the issue unless they have been there.
RGibson259
Robert Gibson` 0
Never personally new a tower man but did know a fireman that worked excessive hours and then stood 8 at the firehouse. He wasn't worth beans if he sat down. Was almost immediately asleep.
fordy650
Jane Ford 0
Are these guys who are falling asleep being mixed up with TSA agents? You know, "Try Staying Awake" ?
smsatgnv
smsatgnv 0
Maybe a treadmill would help.
Av8nut
Michael Fuquay 0
Jane - It's a shame that we're seeing just as much criticism about ATC as we hear about TSA. I don't mind bashing TSA agents. It's the good hard-working controllers, that are lumped in with the "sleepy" ones, that my heart goes out to.
TTail
TTail 0
can they really afford to FIRE every one who has problems like this at the FAA??? With a full quarter of the ATC'S in america considered "in training" they really need to penalize them, but not make it harder on the ones that are left. if POWER NAPS on the job work for the atc's in europe, than why in the hell couldnt it work in america?? can anyone explain THAT to me??
fordy650
Jane Ford 0
Michael, I agree with you. The majority of these guys work extremely hard under very stressful conditions. My hat goes off to those who are "on the job." As for those who fall asleep, hey, have a back-up plan. Team work is required everywhere in every industry. They should not be fired for a first time offense; have a plan in place to help these guys !! The TSA is something else.....those guys need to be "critiqued" more, versus the controllers !! The one that got me was yesterday when a TSA agent was pawning off porno material into people's luggage! What's with that? Ugh!
shortimer
Vern Schulze 0
I used to own a 7-Eleven that was open 24/7. I would never change shifts for my graveyard employees. If you ask someone who is acclimatized to a particular shift, it takes at least a week for them to feel comfortable working nights. It's no different that when you have jet lag after a flight to Europe. You can get used to night work but you have to have sufficient number of days to get to that stage. From what I've read about the frequency of shift changes that some employees face, it doesn't surprise me that they fall asleep at night when things are slow.
evbutler
Ev Butler 0
A simple solution for this problem would be for controllers at low traffic airfields to punch in a simple code into an online keypad every five (?) minutes. Failure to enter the code ould set off an alarm, both at the tower and at regional FAA headquarters. Simple and inexpensive! Why didn't someone think of this before? Much cheaper than an extra employee to keep the on-duty guy awake.

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