Mar 4, 2010

Young boy directs JFK air traffic

JFK airport is one of the largest airports in the country, handling a thousand takeoffs and landings a day. But on February 17 a child was caught on tape in the control tower directing air traffic and giving instructions to pilots.

This wasn’t the only time the air traffic controller brought a young boy into the KFK tower (pictured).

An FAA official told CBS News Wednesday that the agency learned during its initial investigation that the same air traffic controller, Glenn Duffy, brought a different child, presumably also his child, into the tower the following night.

The child’s voice heard on the 17th sounds younger than the first and the child’s interactions with pilots was much more limited than in the first incident.

Two employees have been suspended over the incident. The controller who brought his son into the tower and the supervisor who tolerated the incident.

Link here and here.