Thursday, March 24, 2011
In the latest round of union busting since President Reagan's efforts, Reagan International airport doesn't have enough flight controllers to avoid the recent sleeping incident. That is bittersweet irony, surely. We might be able to cut staff at many airports since two planes landed fine without a controller. In this one person midnight shift, do you suppose the person gets 15 minute breaks and just leaves the station unmanned, say, during breaks in the flight schedule? Does the lone controller eat a meal at the radar screen or just leave things at prescheduled slow times hoping there won't be some unforeseen emergency landing needed? It is fairly remarkable to think about. Surely no liquids must be allowed during this shift anyway, because when nature calls particularly loudly, what would happen? A call down to the rental car folks to take the helm for a minute or two? Depends, I guess.