Thursday, March 4, 2010
An air traffic controller at Kennedy International Airport turned the tower over to his 7 year old son and young daughter letting them give radio instructions to five pilots over two days last month, according to aviation sources.
The lunatic controller, identified by the sources as Glenn Duffy, 48, of Stony Brook, LI, and his supervisor were placed on administrative leave yesterday after a media storm began to brew over the February incidents.
“A-Mex 4-0-3, contact departure. Adios!” Duffy’s flight-ready son squeaked to a departing Aero Mexico flight, according to a recording of the incident.
“Comair 7-4-4 clear for takeoff!” Duffy’s daughter chirped to a Charlotte, NC-bound aircraft, according to a separate recording of another incident.
I realize we live in a child-centric culture but this is insane. What’s next? A heart surgeon allowing his or her 8 year old child assist in the OR with a heart transplant?