Child caught trying to direct air traffic at JFK Airport

Hotel News - 08/03/2010

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It appears that just last month, a child was directing pilots from the air traffic control center at John F. Kennedy Airport, which happens to be one of the busiest airports in the world. This news was made public after officials listened to audio clips of the boy directing traffic. Now the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into the event.

This kind of behavior is unacceptable and does not demonstrate the kind of professionalism that is expected from all Federal Aviation Administration employees. The agency declined to comment anymore beyond this statement.

The child in question is clearly audible on tapes making five transmissions to pilots preparing to takeoff. During one of the exchanges the child says, JetBlue 171 contact departure. The pilot responds, Over to departure JetBlue 171, awesome job.

The kid does appear to be under some kind of adult supervision, because a male voice can be heard in the background.

A representative from the Federal Aviation Administration said that the control tower is a highly secure area for traffic controllers. Children of the tower’s employees are allowed to visit, but need to get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration first.

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