The feds are investigating charges that New York air-traffic controllers endanger passengers by working just three hours per shift and acting like slackers -- chatting, texting and even watching movies when they should be monitoring planes, The Post has learned.
At times, so few are at their posts that a single controller must do the job of two or three and track 15 aircraft simultaneously, which is too many, according to allegations filed by a supervisor. Evan Seeley, a frontline manager at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Ronkonkoma, LI, fired off complaints last month to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency that probes whistleblower claims. Read more
Seeley raised his concerns on Jan. 17, three days before controllers allowed an American Airlines jet to nearly collide with two military cargo planes over the Atlantic.
The Boeing 777 passenger plane came within 200 vertical feet and 2,000 lateral feet of the behemoth carriers -- a distance described as "dangerously close" by an airline-safety insider -- in an incident not revealed to the public until Friday, after The Post asked about it. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Answer by older at 1:58 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
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Answer by jewjewbee at 2:03 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
Wasnt there a scandal like this a few years ago?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:18 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
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Answer by yourspecialkid at 2:51 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
Scary- We have always been told that cell phones can interfere with other electronic components (like patient monitoring devices), so cell phones are banned in our unit. If this information is valid (not sure if it is), I'd imagine cell phones could potentially interfere with electronic components in the tower as well-
Can you imagine texting while on duty, in the tower? I'm just getting old, I guess-
Answer by Sisteract at 3:24 PM on Feb. 8, 2011
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Answer by mrssundin at 8:40 AM on Feb. 9, 2011