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

    True that Jazzzzzz!

    April 18, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ole Lady your one of the few women I can talk to and not have flipping out on me. Thanks for being here. 🙂

    April 18, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Don't make this about me. Just because you're a scary sh! head, sometimes!

      April 18, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    What did I do?

    April 18, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. ole lady

    Anytime Jazzzzzzzz. Just having fun and some peeps see that humor. We are all unique and everyone has their opinion and some are like buttholes and stink.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    Not talking about you if that is what your saying. I'm talking about women in general , pls dont do that or I will stop talking to. I really thought u were cool.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. ole lady

    Like the song I'm on a boat. Got my swimming trunks and my flippy floppies.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    ok, Mmmmm, that's it your are off my list of go to's , good nite to you. sorry about that but I am not who these monsters think i am. Cant tell me or anyone that after only 2 months of me posting here. You would say the same thing. Everybody would say the same.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      What you talking about? ole lady tee'd me off...

      April 18, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. ole lady

    I was talking bout peeps in general. Not you directly Jazzzz. Don't go flippy floppy on me please.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    Never Ole Lady, I got yah all the way. Dont ever worry

    April 18, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    Everyone should take a cue from the Ole Lady , who is a TRUE LADY. love ya MOM.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Give me a break! I'm tired of your i y talk...your mother is a grown women...maybe you two should identify the nepotism rather than state I intentionally insulted your MOM rather than "ole lady"

      April 18, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. ole lady

    Thanks. I think I should change to MaDukes instead of Ole Lady. LOL

    April 18, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. ole lady

    Oooooh. In what way?

    April 18, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    I'm talking about the Facepalm , now every time I see I'm thinking another one of Banasy's friends is comming after me , I have just had it. I cant deal with that any longer and refuse to covers with any one in her circle and that;s the last word I will say on that issue.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. ole lady

    Wow. Sorry to hear that Jazzzz. I don't know banasy or what happened.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    Good , lets end that conversation , I just want to enjoy your company along with Phillip , Popeye Ruffnutt , Elephant balls ,Cesar if he will talk to me, AHHHH, hehe Just kidding Cesar , love you too buddy.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
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