April 15, 2011

Asleep At the Switch

I was thinking about how to broach the subject of air traffic controllers sleeping on the midnight shift, without getting fired from my job, during my run this morning. I still take a paycheck from the FAA, so my writing rarely touches on the subject of air traffic control. I know that only management and union officials may speak to the press, I just don't know the score when I am the press.

So I was very happy to come across Don Brown's take on the subject of sleeping controllers this afternoon. Don is a retired enroute controller from Hotlanta Center, one of the neighboring facilities to Washington Center, where I work. He was also a union safety official. He's also a very good writer.

Having been in Don's (and those sleepy controllers') shoes, I can attest to what he writes. Give it a read.