April 17th, 2011
11:29 AM ET

After sleeping incidents, FAA changes shift rules

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Sunday that the Federal Aviation Administration and the Air Traffic Controllers Union have reached an agreement to make changes in the aftermath of recent incidents involving sleeping air traffic controllers. The changes will be effective immediately.

Controllers will now have a minimum of nine hours off between shifts. Currently they were getting as few as eight. Controllers will no longer be able to swap shifts unless they have a minimum of nine hours off between the last shift they worked and the one they want to begin. They will no longer be able to switch to an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off.

FAA managers will schedule their own shifts in a way to ensure greater coverage in the early morning and late night hours.

On Saturday, the FAA suspended another traffic controller caught sleeping. The incident occurred at the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center during the midnight shift early Saturday morning, the agency reported.

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  1. ole lady

    Nutts vs Nutts. I want to see this. What time is the fight???? Any pre show fun??? LOL. OFT. Hello Jazzzzzz.

    April 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ole lady

    @elephentnutts do I get to see the Beast?? Snicker.

    April 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hello Ole Lady, Gotta go to my second job now but I'm sure ElephantNutts will give you a Senior Citizen discount. HEHEHE.

    April 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    BTW, he has a 2 for 1 special if you have a friend in need. LOLOLOL

    April 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ole lady

    Does he accept AARP card discount. If so I have a lot of friends here at the home who are interested. Male and female. We're scheduling seating in the sunroom already.

    April 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Lol, I got one before I even qualify...

      April 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sunday Night at the Fights on Pay per View

    Tonight on bloggers
    ElephentNutts vs. RUFFNUTT

    April 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I wonder whose emceeing the fight: Alejandro Almonds or Mr. Planters Peanutts? And what nutt is going to carry the numbers for the rounds? And will this fight draw in every nut under the sun?

      April 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ole lady

    What time??? A lot of us are too doped up after our 8pm meds to stay awake. LOL

    April 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Ole lady you're cracking my sides...

      April 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    I'm sure he will be glad to work out any reasonable deals, as long as the dentures are well sealed and dont bite the merchandise.

    April 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    I LOVE U OLE LADY, your priceless , bye

    April 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT

    i got dino blood and velocerapter dna...

    April 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ole lady

    We went outside and had a walker race. Whooohooo I came in first place!!!! Now it nap time. Sure did tucker myself out. Whew. And btw I was hoping I could have dentures out so I could gum it. LOL

    April 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT

    @ole lady.. why do you always drive in the fast lane and only go 20mph?

    April 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      So they can get a good look at the ole man speeding in his corvette as he goes around her...(LOL)

      April 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ole lady

    Cause my Q-tip head can barely see thru the steering wheel.

    April 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Ok, Ole Lady, I'm gonna have to pay you for that one I almost fell on the floor. What's your poison?

      April 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael B

    A plane is down right now in Knoxville, TN

    April 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kristy Giovo

    Ok, so the US had a tornado hit the Surry Nuclear Power Plant in Virgina and all safety systems responded as required. Why isn't CNN reporting that US power plants have responded as expected to mother nature? As always the news only reports when things go wrong. This was a great opportunity to give the public confidence in US Nuclear Power.

    April 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
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