FAA Investigating Child Allowed To Direct Air Traffic At JFK Airport

A child was allowed to direct traffic at JFK Airport in New York City in February, according to officials.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Federal investigators say the child was allowed to direct flights from the control tower, making five transmissions.

The FAA says one of the controllers brought a child to work on February 17 and allowed the child to talk with pilots and issue directions.

Air traffic controllers work with 1,000 flights every day at JFK.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 7, 2010 at 01:02 AM
    I just love when y'all do this... dust a perfectly well-written and inoffensive post... then release one asking where it went without digging the original up.. still.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 6, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    Well thats interesting.. nothing offensive in my post... similar to the others here. Is it stuck in a filter somewhere, Moderator?
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 5, 2010 at 09:55 PM
    Just Wondering is right. Nobody here should be trying to downplay the seriousness of it just because nothing tragic happened. Pushing tin is VERY serious business and if there is a mistake, the person at that mic needs to be the grown, trained, certified professional with the employee status and insurance backing him up. I would prefer my rather expensive plane ticket to be paying for the time it took that individual to go through schooling and background checks... not to entertain his child. I remember a field trip when I was a kid.. We got to see the inside of a cockpit, and go into the atc tower... We didn't get to fly the planes or direct air traffic! Things have also changed a lot & I have to wonder as well why anyone not certified to do that job is up there at all. You can't get even a 3 ounce bottle of water through security without a scan. I mean really.
  • by alex Location: toronto on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    THAT IS STUPID, STUPID GUY who brought kid to such highly responsible work; see, we increase security on behalf of our privacy and freedom and yet will get killed by out own IDIOTIC controllers!!! well, all of the sudden terrorists is not the first danger?! YOU probably do not want doctors bring their kids to work, ey? u dont want a kid of a supervisor builing house, ah so I dont want to see kids in air traffic; he wants to teach a kid let him teach at home; or througth vidios not like that; CAN AMERICANS BE MORE STUPID? - I GUESS NOT!!!! A FRACTION OF SECOND IN SUCH JOB can be fatal !!! ARE U GUYS[WHO DEFENDING THIS CONTROLLER] GETTING THIS ? -FATAL u have to think and be cautious in advance not after 300 people die!!! JEEEZ PEOPLE ARE STUPID
  • by just wondering on Mar 4, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    If this had been a doctor performing surgery on you, would you want him standing next to his kid giving him directions on where to make the cut? I think not. Let's be real. We all know it was a DUMB decision.
  • by thanks jfk! on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:51 AM
    thanks for endangering the lives of my loved ones with your recklessness!
  • by Jay Location: PAX on Mar 4, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    As an ex air traffic controller was this unprofessional. Yes. could someone have been hurt.. well there is always a chance but no i dont think so. i am 100% sure this kid was repeating back what the dad was telling him too. if the dad said say "American424 clear for departure" or "AA424 turn right on bravo" the kid was just repeating. no different then telling your kid to answer the phone and just say "who is it"...i guess what we need to know is. was it busy, how many air crafts where on the runway during these transmissions. then we can get a better idea on how stupid this was.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Mar 4, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    Think of the children!!!
  • by Me Location: G-ville on Mar 4, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    When I first heard this story, I too was wondering what the big deal was. Then I started thinking about it a bit more. I can see how this would distract other people in the tower and on the radio. May seem harmless at face value but do you really want your pilot joking around with an ATC on the runway during one of the most dangerous times of the flight? I think not. Also, why is anyone other then an official ATC even allowed in the tower at all?!! On a side note. JFK is the worst airport in the country in my opinion anyway. This just farther proves it for me.
  • by P on Mar 3, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    Heck I did this as a kid without parental supervision back in the 60's same control tower. Back in the good ole days. Was 11 or 12, took the train in from Manhatten, but did not speak to the planes. At 17 flew jumseat on a Lufthansa flight out of Kennedy. But as they say alot was different back then!
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