Wake up call
Apr 26, 2011 | 5475 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

The latest incidents of near fatal collisions between aircraft due to air traffic controllers not being focused because they were asleep is just another wake up call. If these controllers are so overworked that they cannot remain awake, then something needs to be done.

All of their work schedules need to be amended so that they are not working more than 8 or 9 hours per shift, and additional controllers should be hired, if it is found that there is a shortage of staff.

Obviously, there is a major problem, and the FAA needs to resolve this before we have an actual collision between aircraft, either in the air or on the airport runways, which are both very overcrowded.

Also, this proves that you cannot put the blame on birds for all of the problems with flying or landing aircraft. Human error is as much, if not more to blame than birds. Stop killing the Canada geese and other birds- there has to be a way for both birds and

planes to co-exist in the skies with no danger to passengers and flight crews.

Instead of killing these creatures, the government needs to work with humane societies and other animal rights organizations to come up with a nonlethal solution to this problem.

The government also needs to address this problem of air traffic controllers who are not paying attention to doing their very important jobs. The lives of thousands of daily air travelers rests in their hands!


John Amato

Fresh Meadows
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