Watching DVD player gets 2 Cleveland air traffic officials suspended
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#1 Oct 14, 2011
The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced the suspension of a Cleveland air traffic controller and a front line manager after the controller was discovered watching a movie on a portable DVD player while on the job.
The announcement coincides with the Monday launch in Atlanta of a nationwide tour by top FAA officials and union representatives, to discuss professionalism and safety at air traffic control [url=http://www.izdvd.com/good s-744-bones-season-16-dvd-boxs et.html]Bones DVD[/url].
It also comes after the agency suspended a Miami controller on Saturday for falling asleep while directing air traffic.
The Cleveland incident occurred early Sunday morning, according to an FAA statement. The agency stated that the controller was watching a DVD while working a radar position at [url=http://www.izdvd.com/good s-744-bones-season-16-dvd-boxs et.html]Bones DVD set[/url] Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center.
"For a little more than three minutes, the controller's microphone was inadvertently activated, transmitting the soundtrack of the movie over the radio frequency for that airspace," the statement read. "The problem was brought to air traffic control's attention by the pilot of a military aircraft using an alternate frequency."
The FAA forbids the use of video players and other devices on the radar room floor, according to the statement.
An FAA official, speaking on background, confirmed that the movie the Air Traffic Controller was listening to was "Cleaner," a 2007 [url=http://www.izdvd.com/good s-744-bones-season-16-dvd-boxs et.html]Bones DVD Boxset[/url] starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris and Eva Mendes.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has not commented on the Cleveland DVD incident, though he has repeatedly voiced outrage over the problem of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job.
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This "will not be tolerated," said Babbit in Atlanta on Monday.
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Among other things, controllers now must have a minimum of nine hours off between shifts, instead of the current minimum of eight hours. In addition, controllers can no longer be put on an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off.
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LaHood called the fatigue experienced by overworked controllers "a very big concern."
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