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Could you imagine? Distracted?

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. 

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 1:58 PM on Feb. 8, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • yikes!!!!

    Answer by older at 1:58 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • SO glad I dont fly! omg!

    Answer by momof030404 at 1:59 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Yikes is an understatement! ;o)

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 2:00 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • I heard about this on talk radio yesterday. Scary I must say. I think some employers just need to mandate that all electronic devices are left in the vehicles while at work. Lack of supervision is an understatement here.

    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

  • Good grief (and yes, yikes!). People don't take any pride or responsibility in their jobs any more. It's a paycheck. So what if others suffer, or even die, it's not 'their' job.

    Every one of them in that control tower ~ as well as management ~ should be fired WITH cause, and not eligible for unemployment benefits.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 2:40 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • I think they should be fired too.

    I had a girl work for me for a short time at the cleaners. I finally had to let her go because she couldn't stay off her phone...despite repeated requests and then a ban on them in the workplace. She just couldn't understand why she couldn't text with her boyfriend while working! Hello! That is what your break is for! If you are on the clock you are on MY TIME and should be doing what I pay you to do!

    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

  • Very scary!

    Answer by tiddliwinks at 4:48 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Glad i dont fly...

    Answer by mrssundin at 8:40 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

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