You Mean to Tell Me No One Was Guarding Reagan Airport?
I get the government entourage cruising over my house at all hours of the day and night so I have to assume a plane could not even come into our airspace without an escort, something about this smells suspect. Why is the government tapping our phone calls but somehow two planes have to land themselves in DC because the one government employee on the job to watch the gates is asleep?
The control tower at Reagan National Airport went silent early Wednesday, forcing the pilots of two airliners carrying a total of 165 passengers and crew members to land on their own.
The tower, which normally is staffed by one air-traffic controller from midnight to 6 a.m., did not respond to pilot requests for landing assistance or to phone calls from controllers elsewhere in the region, who also used a “shout line,” which pipes into a loudspeaker in the tower, internal records show.
Both planes landed safely after their pilots took matters into their own hands, broadcasting their progress as they approached and landed. They also were communicating with controllers at a separate facility in the region that does not handle landings.
Oh that's right, it's the part where Ray LaHood puts in his order for MORE with the FAA.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said late Wednesday he is instructing the agency to increase controller staffing at the airport during the late shift.
“Today I directed the FAA to place two air traffic controllers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s control tower on the midnight shift,” he said in a statement. “It is not acceptable to have just one controller in the tower managing air traffic in this critical air space. I have also asked FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt to study staffing levels at other airports around the country.”
AP is reporting that the air traffic controller on duty was actually a supervisor and asleep at the time. And somehow more of these guys on our dime is a good idea?!
Given which Capital Wasteland airport this happened at, I'd have to say this must be Reagan's attempt to send us a sign from beyond the grave. The third sign of the Apocalypse will be Jelly Bellys falling from the sky.
I was only an itty bitty incendiary when Reagan fired all the air traffic controllers but what happens if the workers are too lazy even to strike and simply give up? Isn't it pretty much the same if not worse than refusing to work?