New York Air Controller At Kennedy Airport Suspended After Letting His Two Children Direct Aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a bizarre incident where a child was allowed to direct air traffic at John F. Kennedy airport,. An air controller brought the child to work on February 17th and apparently fed the child lines to give orders to pilots. Both the air controller and the supervisor have been suspended. Now it appears that the air controller not only let his 9-year-old son direct planes at JFK but repeated the stunt with the boy’s twin sister the following day, here.

Here is the whole transcript:

Child: “171 cleared for take off.”
Pilot: “Clear for take off JetBlue 171”
Child: “Let’s see your Air Mexico 403 Kennedy, runway through left position and hold.”
Pilot: “Going to hold Air Mexico 403.”
Unknown: “This is what you get guys when the kids are out of school.”
Unknown: “Wish I could bring my kid to work.”
Child: “JetBlue 171 contact departure.”
Unknown: “Over to departure JetBlue 171, awesome job.”
Child: “03 clear for take off.”

New York and New Jersey air controllers have become a major source for such stories, here.

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29 thoughts on “New York Air Controller At Kennedy Airport Suspended After Letting His Two Children Direct Aircraft”

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  2. Sofa King Stupid is this country become- I cant effing believe it.

    1) How could the kid have gotten “Cleared for Takeoff” wrong, spoken to a non-moving plane at the end of a runway ? The actual risk of giving the kid a little fun memory was freaking zero- the pilots thought it was cute and had zero freaking worry. it was GROUND CONTROL not AIR CONTROL and the dad was right on top of it.

    2) Did I just read the evolution cant work because a child would have to have “evolved” before a parent could have ? God Dammit our education system is a joke.

  3. Duh, Bertrand Russell said it best. Because life adapts to it’s environment, not the other way around.

  4. Okay, everyone who’s saying “Oh, this is no big deal, the kid was just repeating what his dad told him” seems to be missing: What if the kid repeated the directions wrong?

    Yeah, this is kind of a big deal.

  5. Hijack all you want guys.
    At least that is NOT what happened in the story.
    I listened to the tapes and there was not one millisecond wherein communication by (at least) two rational aviation-officers was disrupted or distorted. Every line was read and confirmed, as in every safe air-control communication. It was just hella cute and special for the kids.
    MSM flailing, and posts like this that lack any anlayses, just serve to shift focus…temporarily.

  6. Nal,

    If we’re going to continue this discussion, let’s pick a dead or relevant thread. I don’t want to hijack this one.

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