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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    If anyone is to blame for this,it's Ronald Reagan who fired all the air traffic controlers back in 1981 and dissolved their union. Since then,they had to work long hours for less pay. It was part of a grander scheme to make up for the loss in revenue caused by Reagan's massive and gigantic military spending buildup programs.

    April 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      (gasp!) dang RU! going hafta put my money on Ellie...you gotta be old as dirt to remember Regan's firing...

      April 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ole lady

    My son just pimped out my hover round with spinners. Love how the wheels keep going round and round after I stop. and with the air shocks I can low ride or hop around in the parking lot. Wheeee.

    April 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      You fiesty ole lady...do you ride lone ranger or do you take ya girls: yo double nickels peeps?

      April 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Any music blasting on the boom box with your PIMPED OUT TRICK

      April 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Miss Anthrope

    Ole lady gets the prize for best comments for her "gum it" comment and her "hover round with spinners". Three snaps in a "Z" formation and a bottle of Geritol for those!

    April 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ole lady

    I'm just glad to put laughter in your day. This news is a downer and being me is an upper. So glad to hear you peeps laugh today as its the best medicine for sanity.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. ole lady

    I'm old enough to be your mama and I'm a grandma too.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. ole lady

    @ Mmmmmmm. I'm strickly dickly. @ Jazzzzz actually I'm not drinking or on meds here. I was 100% straight when blogging. Just being me. Oh and I was jammin out to Methodman and Redman!!!

    April 18, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Notta again!?!?! you and 1608 need to step away from your hormonal replacement systems:




      PEOPLE! ! !

      April 18, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Good to know I'm not alone in my style of humor. Peace ole lady 🙂 hope to see you and Popeye Monday Nite around 7pm NY time.

      April 18, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. ole lady

    And I'm caucasian too.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. ole lady

    With hair whiter than my skin.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      From your last 2 post you're beginning to look like Mr Tinkles, the deranged feline character out of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

      April 18, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. ole lady

    I don't think anyone in these blogs really cares who and what you do Mmmmmmmm.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      That Capital "M" with four m's to you lady hag...

      April 18, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Let me be as gentle as possible with your dumb stupid a--zzz...I'm not a Internet shopper beotch!

      April 18, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Mmmm, thought you were cool what's wrong?

    April 18, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      My apologies ole lady...I'm sorry...I should have ignore your insults. I'm sorry.

      April 18, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      (LOL) Oh one of the side effect of consuming Tabasco sauce, Jazzy!

      April 18, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. ole lady

    Wow. Mmmmmmm's got a serious tude. Well get some sleep and know tomorrow's a new day. Hope you wake up in a better mood Mmmmmmmmm.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    What did i ever do to you Mmmmm, I will stay away from u , dont worry anymore. I am friends nothing more.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    ok, Mmmmmm, maybe u should stick to beer. That is the very reason I have mostly men friends just FRIENDS.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. ole lady

    Wow you sure do flip flop your moods Mmmmm. Hope you remember to take your meds.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    O, I see. Look I am real sick and tired of this bashing me about Banasy bit not going there anymore. Bye Mmmmmm.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
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