FAA Fires 2 Controllers For Sleeping On The Job

One was a controller at a Miami facility that handles high altitude air traffic. He was found asleep this past Saturday. The other worked at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn. He's been accused of deliberately sleeping on the job back in February.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:

And we want to bring you up to date on those cases involving the air traffic controllers who nodded off. Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration fired two controllers for sleeping on the job. One was a controller at a Miami facility that handles high-altitude traffic. He was found asleep just this past Saturday. The other worked at the McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee. He's been accused of deliberately sleeping on the job back in February.

Airports in Seattle, Reno, and here in Washington, D.C. have also reported cases of snoozing on duty. The FAA has suspended seven other controllers and supervisors, pending further investigations.

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