FAA Suspends Air Traffic Controller For Watching DVD On The Job

Posted Apr 19th 2011 08:30 AMUpdated Apr 19th 2011 12:06 PM

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Apparently sleeping on the job isn't the only problem the FAA has to deal with. Last week, a slew of air traffic controllers were fired for falling asleep on the job. On Thursday, a senior FAA official resigned in the wake of the scandal. Now comes news that an air traffic controller was watching a movie while on the job.

The New York Post reports that a Cleveland-area air traffic controller was watching the 2007 Samuel L. Jackson movie "Cleaner" while working at a regional radar center early Sunday morning.



The controller, in charge of handling high-altitude traffic at Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center, left his microphone on for three minutes, allowing pilots of nearby planes to hear the movie.

The FAA suspended the controller and a manager. A military pilot who overheard the movie alerted authorities, according to USA Today.

The FAA also claims that the controller violated policy for bringing a DVD player with him to work, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Just last week Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, told the Associated Press: "On my watch, controllers will not be paid to take naps. We're not going to allow that."

Oops.




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