Sunday, April 17, 2011

Air Traffic Controllers: Why Does the Government Hire Narcoleptics?

ANOTHER Air Traffic Controller (ATC) has fallen asleep on the job. I just cannot believe it. There must be a narcolepsy epidemic going on, which has me wondering if narcolepsy has now become contagious. It might be a new form of narcolepsy. ACK!!!! What happens if the people at Carl’s Junior get it? I don’t want them falling asleep mid flip. I need my six dollar burger. Oh gosh. There’s going to be a huge restructuring of the Carl’s Junior organization, costing burger payers a lot of money in the long run. Nothing good can come of it.

. . . . . . . Sorry, that got out of hand.

Ok, i trust my reader is smart enough to understand that i was just making an analogy about air traffic controllers, however i’m going to continue with my tirade. Yes, i had to make sure that i was using the word ‘tirade’ correctly.

So this is what the media would have you believe (oh gosh, that sounds like something a crazy person would say). They would like you to believe that ATCs falling asleep on the job is a new thing and it’s running rampant throughout the industry and change needs to be made and the people who are ‘at the helm’ aren’t competent if they can’t stay awake, and the government is to blame for this and we should cut spending and blah blah blah.


I have a different scenario to run by you. Let’s say that this is not a new thing. Let’s say that air traffic controllers have been falling asleep on the job since the job was created and that maybe the pilots are competent enough to land a plane on their own. Yes, they should stay awake, but given the fact that their job involves staying awake all night long, which means that they have to sleep during the day and give up a lot of the social conveniences that most other people have, i don’t mind if they catch a quick nap. I trust that our pilots aren’t idiots.

I guess the bottom line is that this isn’t a new thing. The media is just bored and they're grasping for anything right now. It bugs me that while the media is touting budget cuts for the government, they are also hyping a nonissue that will eventually lead to government spending. Yeah, if it’s an issue then it’s an issue. The media is supposed to be unbiased, but at the same time, it’s not an issue, so why am i still writing about this?



Matthew said...

quick update. It turns out that this has all devolved into some sort of witch hunt. The fact is that they all take naps because they're working at effing 3 in the morning. Now, people are just turning in the people that they don't like. Real mature.

Kira C. said...

Hahaha. I like it.