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Air Traffic Controllers

Imagine Democracy

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

"We the People." How many of us have really thought through the implications of these three words? Can people today even imagine a government that is on the side of We the People, instead of being rigged to benefit the already-wealthy and crush the hopes and efforts of the rest of us?

Children Need to Fly Too: End Sequestration

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone despairing that Congress can't get anything done should note last week's swift vote to get furloughed air traffic controllers back to work. Congress can move very quickly and efficiently when it wants to and when their own comfort and that of constituents well-off enough to fly was affected. Reduced unemployment benefits, children dropped suddenly from Head Start programs, poor mothers and babies losing food supplements, teacher layoffs, and cancelled meal deliveries for seniors didn't move them -- but airport delays as members headed out of town for their April recess were apparently unacceptable.

Friday Talking Points -- Helium Brains

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Congress just voted overwhelmingly to continue the national helium reserve in the panhandle of Texas. This is a holdover from World War I. Which Congress has never, ever been able to get rid of, for the obvious reason that it is not necessary in the slightest anymore.

Michael McAuliff

Congress Passes Bill To Ease Air Travel Delays

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers passed a bill Friday to ease air traffic delays before catching their own flights home for a week off, leaving unchanged other...

Michael McAuliff

Senators: FAA Delays Are Political

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators moved Tuesday to give President Barack Obama options to ease growing air travel delays sparked by Congress' budget sequestratio...

Lawmakers Urge Delay For Airport Furloughs

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As airport delays spread across the country, members of Congress on Tuesday urged the administration to postpone the furloughing of...

No Delays Yet As FAA Furloughs Take Effect

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs re...

Sam Stein

Air Traffic Controller Furloughed Just One Week After Winning Safety Award

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On March 6, Louella Hollingsworth was presented with the League Medal of Safety Award by the National Air Traffic Controllers Associatio...

Small US Airports Face Tower Closures

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2013 | Travel

By Anna Louie Sussman New York, March 18 (Reuters) - When landing a plane amid birds, bobcats or alligators, it helps to have an air t...

Amanda Terkel

Air Traffic Controllers Face 11 Furlough Days Due To Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration is notifying the majority of its 47,000 air traffic controllers and other employees this week that t...

Instead of Delays at all Airports, Let's Sequester Congress and Shut Down All Airports Serving D.C.

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Scheer

U.S. aviation officials are warning of severe flight delays due to furloughs of air traffic controllers triggered by the sequester's across-the-board budget cuts. I have a better idea.

Sequester the Heck Out of National Airport

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The problem with many in Congress (and I am not even discriminating by party here) is that they get incredibly out of touch with how the decisions they make in the halls of Congress actually affect Americans' lives. For once, shouldn't they be the first ones to feel the impact of their actions (or, in this case, inaction)?

GOP ­Coddles the Rich, Cuts the Rest

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There will be no end to tax loopholes for the rich, House Speaker John Boehner has asserted. The Republican ruling: The vast middle class, the elderly and the poor must suffer.

Air Traffic Controllers To Blame For Near Crash

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | Travel

Aug 6 (Reuters) - Faulty instructions by air traffic controllers caused a near mid-air collision involving an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 and a ...

Documents: Air Traffic Controllers Are STILL Sleeping On The Job

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 06.19.2012 | Travel

New regulations intended to keep air traffic controllers from dozing off on duty have been violated nearly 4,000 times, according to internal Federal ...

Reagan's Airport Statue: Why Some Won't Celebrate

Joseph A. McCartin | Posted 01.01.2012 | Business
Joseph A. McCartin

When the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation unveiled a statue this morning, not everyone celebrated. Among those who withheld applause were thousands of former air traffic controllers who walked off their jobs thirty years ago and were fired and permanently replaced by Reagan.

Marcus Baram

How To Keep Air Traffic Controllers From Sleeping On The Job

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business

After several well-publicized reports of air traffic controllers falling asleep in recent months, the Federal Aviation Administration and the controll...

Some Federal Food Service Workers Make More Than State Governors

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.06.2011 | Business

Despite the political power, governors aren't always the most well-paid government employees in their state. In fact, a recent report from the Con...

Oh, the Horror of Being an Aviation Writer

Christine Negroni | Posted 06.21.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

To be an aviation writer these days means being barraged by disparate facts, eyewitness tweets, and partial impressions that can create a Frankenstein-like picture of aviation.

How To Fight Fatigue When Working Overnight

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

While I believe that no one should be working a night shift by himself or herself, air traffic controllers, pilots and anyone with responsibilities late at night or after long days should also consider these tips.

Saki Knafo

As The Government Cracks Down On Napping Air Traffic Controllers, A Former Controller (And Former Napper) Talks Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.19.2011 | Travel

In the opening paragraphs of "Something's Got to Give," Darcy Frey's classic 1996 profile of air traffic controllers, a team of controllers sit in a d...

Let Air Traffic Controllers Nap

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

It's time to put human nature back into the human workspace. If we want air traffic controllers to perform their jobs flawlessly day and night, they should be allowed to sleep.

Southwest Airplane Good Samaritan or Good Grief?

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.30.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

The air traffic control profession just can't get a break. Nevertheless, sending a passenger plane to play fighter jet is wrong in all sorts of ways.

NTSB Investigating Sleeping Air Traffic Controller At Reagan National

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

WASHINGTON — Two airliners landed at Reagan National Airport near Washington without control tower clearance because the air traffic supervisor ...

Report: Aircraft Near-Misses Increasing over Colo.

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A NASA database shows more aircraft are having close calls with other planes in the skies over Colorado, which are some of the busiest ...