FAA suspends sleeping air traffic controller, misses the point.
Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011

FAA Administrator Randy Babbit, commenting on the suspension of a Boeing Field air traffic controller who fell asleep during the midnight shift:

"Air traffic controllers are responsible for making sure aircraft safely reach their destinations. We absolutely cannot and will not tolerate sleeping on the job. This type of unprofessional behavior does not meet our high safety standards."

Being drunk on the job is a choice. Skipping out on work early is a choice. But until someone shows me a photo of an air traffic controller curled up with a blanket or a pillow, attacking the ethics of your critical employees for falling asleep instead of re-enforcing safety protocols to increase alertness is like blaming Olympic figure skaters who fall for not loving their country enough.

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