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April 13, 2011

Another Air Traffic Controller Falls Asleep (Reno, NV) … Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood Says, “We will not sleep until we can guarantee that there’s good safety in the control towers …”

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Once again, you just can’t make this stuff up …

More from the Obama “Gang that Could not Shoot Straight”, this time it’s┬áTransportation Secretary Ray Lahood who decides to perform the “Bidenism” of the day. Following yet another air traffic controller falling asleep in the tower, this time Reno, Nevada, come the following insane comment … “I guarantee the flying public we will not sleep until we can guarantee that there’s good safety in the control towers when these planes are coming in and out of airports.” WHAT!!!

VIDEO at Real Clear Politics.

Um, Secretary Lahood, isn’t is the falling asleep that seems to be at issue here?

Want to know why government is so inefficient and costly? One needs to look no further than the FAA’s remedy to air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job. It is the 5th time this year that this has occurred. Fifth time reported that is.The governments answer is to add another air traffic contreoller to the overnight shift at a cost to tax payers of $100 K +.

Effective immediately, the FAA will place an additional air traffic controller on the overnight shift at 27 control towers across the country that are currently staffed with only one controller on duty after midnight.

Who is to say that air traffic controller #2 is not going to fall asleep as well? Is staffing the issue or is it scheduling? Just going out on a limb here, me thinks its the scheduling.

It is routine for controllers to work a compressed workweek that includes two evening shifts, a quick turnaround to a pair of day shifts and another quick turnaround to a midnight shift, all separated by eight- to 10-hour intervals. That allows them a three- to four-day weekend.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who ordered a nationwide review of controller staffing after the incident at Reagan National, responded to the latest event by ordering a second overnight controller into the 27 towers that still have one controller on duty on those shifts.


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