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    JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    NEW YORK - An air traffic controller at New York's Kennedy Airport was suspended for allowing his young son to radio instructions to several pilots.

    The few quick exchanges between the elementary-school-aged child and jets waiting to take off from JFK, one of the nation's busiest airports, appeared to delight pilots at the time.

    "I wish I could bring my kid to work," one said, wistfully.

    But the Federal Aviation Administration suspended the controller and a supervisor Wednesday after recordings of the calls were posted on the Internet, then reported on by a Boston television station.
    The media is freaking out. Nobody was placed in danger. Listening to the complete audio, the father even clicks in and makes several of the more complicated calls. An ATC position has more than one mic jack, usually used for training. The "instructor" jack can override the "student" jack at any time. The planes the kid was talking to already had their instructions for departure, so no actual clearances were issued besides the takeoff, which obviously occurred at the time coordinated by the Tower Dad and the departure control.

    God damn I hate the media.
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    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    The media is making too big of a deal of this, but that was a pretty damn stupid thing for the guy to do. Mostly because he should have known how people would react when they heard about it.
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    Re: JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    The media is making too big of a deal of this, but that was a pretty damn stupid thing for the guy to do. Mostly because he should have known how people would react when they heard about it.
    Dumb, yes. Worthy of dismissal, no.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    The article i read stated that the supervisor was there as well as the father. The pilots of the jets were actually quite complimentary. And from the audio...it sounded like the kid was rockin the mic.

    Some of the comments I saw from traffic controllers were "at least the KID was sober" and "at least the kid was THERE and not on a smoke break" and "damn...I dont know if I have ever actually HEARD what was SAID before..."

    Much ado about nothing...

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    Re: JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    Yeah, sounds like the kid ws doing a great job. He was even funny and the pilots seemed to like him.

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    Re: JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    This is the kind of stuff I like to think back in the 80's and early 90's would've been a human interest story that people go "awww" as the guy lets his kid get on and do this, all without causing any harm, inspiring perhaps the love of the job that the father has into the kid.

    Maybe I'm romanticizing the time of my youth though.

    Stupid in terms of todays culture, but beyond that I wouldn't say it. He was there, he was listening, he could speak up at any time, if any pilot seemed bothered by it it seems the guy could've and would've just stepped in and taken over. This is a non issue in my mind. Bad if it was a repeated thing but as a lone incident, eh.

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    Re: JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    I agree with the call. The kid needs to be at home playing video games and sexting with other kids his age.

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    Re: JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    Did anybody crash?

    No?

    Not a story worthy of national news time.

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    Re: JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Dumb, yes. Worthy of dismissal, no.
    Agreed, he shouldn't be fired over it assuming it's his first offense.
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    Re: JFK tower allowed a kid to direct air traffic

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Did anybody crash?

    No?

    Not a story worthy of national news time.
    It involves airline travel. People freak out over everything.

    If people had a clue how the regional carriers operated they'd never get on an airplane.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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