Air Traffic Controllers Union Speaks Out, LaHood Still Unhappy
Despite a slew of bad publicity in recent weeks--from sleeping air traffic controllers to a near miss with the First Lady's plane--Paul Rinaldi, the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, defended the air traffic system and those who work it.
In a statement, Rinaldi said "It is safe to fly. It has never been safer to fly."
The union will push for 12 ways to reduce fatigue, including monitored naps, anti-fatigue training and medical testing to make sure controllers don't have sleep disorders.
It's not all about fatigue in the air traffic controllers room, however: A controller was suspended earlier this month for watching "The Cleaner," a 2007 Samuel L. Jackson movie, while he worked the midnight shift.
Last week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood went on PBS's "News Hour" to condemn the controllers and ensure a nervous public that the numerous incidents were nothing to fear.
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