FAA, air traffic controllers agree to new guidance on fatigue
A controller works in the tower at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
July 1st, 2011
02:57 PM ET

FAA, air traffic controllers agree to new guidance on fatigue

The FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association have announced agreement on new fatigue recommendations after numerous incidents involving air traffic controllers sleeping on the job.

Air traffic controllers will now be allowed to listen to the radio and read appropriate printed material while on duty from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. as traffic permits. In addition, the agreement says that air traffic controllers can now request to take a leave if they are too fatigued to work.

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  1. Andy

    How about not over working them instead...?

    July 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      They would have to hire more, pay more, and then hypocrite Republican voters would complain about the "nanny state" taxes required.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    That would be too easy and convenient.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TJ

    How does reading help fatigue? How abt less hours or scheduled naps, or they should be allowed to nap during their lunch...I mean it is their 30min-hour.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    They *should* be able to nap at lunch; a catnap does wonders.

    July 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    The FFA certainly takes passengers lives into "consideration". How kind of them to let us be controlled by only Half comatose air traffic controllers!

    July 1, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • CTexas

      Thank the conservatives for wanting to slash budgets so they can get re-elected.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • torchred89

      Thats the FAA for you! Get caught sleeping and not doing your job and they reward them. Fly for free and listen to radio when you are suppose to be working.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deep North

      Future Farmers of America?

      July 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oxnard

      Trying to figure out here what the Future Farmers of America have to do with air traffic control.

      July 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. USA-2 agrees to new regs

    No more ordering NORAD to stand-down from now on.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CTexas

    Common sense. It is about time.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. :)

    Thank the gangstas for wanting to slash throats and get re-welfared. 🙂

    July 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DUH!

    This isn't the control tower in Atlanta, this is an airline run ramp tower. Nice stock footage.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BobZemko

    Why not just allow them to sleep and install a shock buzzer on the chair whenver a pilot calls in?

    July 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sausagefrock

    they should just give them amphetamines instead work those lazy bums round the clock

    July 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Deep North

    Why do they get special treatment to STAY AWAKE AT WORK?

    July 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Because they're grossly overworked, try only having 7 hours off between shifts of constant stress and managing of aircraft. I'd say they deserve special treatment to stay awake when peoples lives are at risk

      July 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lisa

    Reading and music stimulate thought which in turn will help them stay awake. Thats great news! 15 min. power naps are great as a refreasher!

    July 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lisa

    They work in darkness so they can see their monitors!

    July 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lisa

    They work in near total darkness except for their screens which make it far easier to fall asleep.

    July 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
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