I’m sure many of you have already seen this, but there’s quite a bit of controversy surrounding a JFK air traffic controller that seems to have brought his son to work, and the son even did a few ATC transmissions. If you haven’t heard the audio, you can listen to it here.
Now I realize I’m probably taking a very unpopular stance here, but I don’t see the big deal. Don’t get me wrong, this was a dumb move on the part of the air traffic controller because it put his job on the line, and I wouldn’t want to see this regularly, but no one’s life was put at risk, as some media outlets are making it sound. The kid was simply relaying what dad told him to say. Again, the guy’s an idiot for letting this happen, but I’m not buying into the whole “he put people’s lives at risk” argument.
Let’s be honest, it’s even kind of cute compared to the usually grumpy, rude, and arrogant controllers at JFK!