Former Federal Aviation Administration Chief Operating Officer Hank Krakowski poses in the cockpit of an FAA jet in a hangar at Washington's Reagan National Airport. Krakowski, the official who oversees the nation's air traffic system resigned Thursday and the FAA began a "top to bottom" review of the entire system following disclosures of four instances of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Former Federal Aviation Administration Chief Operating Officer Hank Krakowski poses in the cockpit of an FAA jet in a hangar at Washington's Reagan National Airport. Krakowski, the official who oversees the nation's air traffic system resigned Thursday and the FAA began a "top to bottom" review of the entire system following disclosures of four instances of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
published Thursday, April 14th, 2011
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Sleeping on the job takes on new meaning when the individual doing the sleeping is a lone air traffic controller in a tower at the time an airplane is ready to land. No one is quite sure how common the incidence of sleeping controllers might be, but disclosure of a series of incidents in the last couple of months suggests that it is more frequent than commonly acknowledged. As it is, revelation of the recent events has created widespread worry about the safety of the nation’s air control system. The concern is understandable.

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