Air Traffic Controller Suspended For Being Drunk On The Job

Posted Jul 19th 2011 10:00 AM

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An unidentified Denver air traffic controller is being investigated for the "possibility" of being intoxicated while working.

The veteran controller was reportedly found to have a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit during a routine, random test, the FAA told Denver's KMGH.

FAA spokeswoman Sasha Johnson said in a statement to CNN that the "controller in question is not working air traffic" and that the FAA is investigating.


Denver's KMGH reports that the incident took place on July 5 at Denver Center in Longmont.


A family member of the controller told KMGH that the controller was allowed to chose between resignation and rehab and the controller chose rehab.

Since there were no incidents during the controller's stint, the controller will not be charged with a federal crime and will be allowed to return to the job.


The President of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Paul Rinaldi, told CNN that the incident was "deeply troubling."

Air traffic controllers have caught a lot of flack in the past few months. In March, a controller was found sleeping on the job at Washington's Reagan National, leading to an outcry over tough work schedules and attention spans. In April, three public incidents occurred involving air traffic controllers who were either sleeping, watching DVDs or sending 737's to check on small air craft.

Just last week, the FAA issued new rules for preventing air traffic controllers for sleeping on the job.


FAA Issues Anti-Fatigue Rules for Air Traffic Controllers

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