Up in the air - traffic controller lets son direct planes
Take Your Child To Work Day is very admirable, but there are some professionals who shouldn't get involved. Prison wardens. Open heart surgeons. Air traffic controllers. Specifically, air traffic controllers at one the busiest airports in the world, serving a city full of people petrified by anything larger than a pigeon flying overhead.
Yes, one air traffic controller at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York thought it'd be fun to not only take his kid into work, but let junior live on the microphone and direct the planes. No, really. The exchanges between the school-aged child and jets waiting to take off from JFK became public after they were recorded and posted on LiveATC.net, a site streaming live feeds from air traffic control towers. While the child only appears to be repeating information passed on by his father, it's fair to say dad should probably have been concentrating on more pertinent matters - such as avoiding aviation disasters:
The Federal Aviation Administration said a controller and a supervisor have been placed on administrative leave as it investigates. FAA boss Randy Babbitt called the incident a 'lapse in judgment'. No, over-cooking the sprouts is a lapse in judgment - messing about with your kid at work while several thousand souls circle above your head is madness.