This week, in the wake of reports of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that controllers will now get an extra hour of sleep between day and night shifts. But he insisted that, unlike their counterparts in Canada and Germany, U.S. controllers would not be allowed to take naps during their scheduled breaks: "On my watch, controllers will not be paid to take naps." No, they'll be paid to drink coffee, check their emails and grab a smoke. At our offices, we have a pair of napping rooms -- christened Napquest I and Napquest II -- where sleepy editors and reporters can refresh and recharge. Shouldn't those making sure planes take off and land safely be given the same option? As someone who flies a lot, I much prefer the idea of paid naps than of bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived air traffic controllers. We'll even save a few slots in our Napquest rooms.
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