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. Madukes

    Let's see if this posts.

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

    Ahhh man , not tring to tell you what to do but I really like OLE LADY better , still love ya anyway.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    Crazy cat that Lucifer though have u ever spoken with him? He is a real looney bin.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. MaDukes

    I like it. So Jazzzz this is ole lady for real. What do you think of name change??

    April 18, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    Thought we had the same kinda sense of humor like you and I, but he turned out to be a real P..ssy

    April 18, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    Name or not you are the real deal and would give up our talks for anything my friend

    April 18, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      meant WOULDN'T

      April 18, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    Why Madukes?

    April 18, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. ole Lady

    OK. I'm back to original me. I got snow on my roof but still have fire in the furnace. LOL

    April 18, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Dont think taht ever goes away. I thought it did for 5 yrs till I meant a man recently now I'm kinda stuck on him. I gonna have to be REAL patient with him, something somewhere inside me tell me that he maybe worth.

      April 18, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    We had a lite dusting tonight and then some wind came in. Tell me a little about your self if you would pls .

    April 18, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. ole Lady

    My kids friends call me that cause I didn't take any crap. I was single mom with 2 kids and the name stuck. They still call me that.

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

    I have a son that's going into the NAVY in june so this blessing talking to you and all the other formentioned gonna be nice to have.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    tell me what you think about realationships with men.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. ole Lady

    BRrrrrrr that's cold up there. Here have mid 80s and sunny.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    ok, how would u like some company in say September that is when I will be taking my next vacation. thought it would be August but September has that holiday so I would have an extra day off.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. ole Lady

    I've been single for so long that have hard time dealing with men relationship thing. That's why I prefer man friends with benefits.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
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