incident where an air traffic controller (Glenn Duffy) brought his two nine year old twins into the air traffic control tower at New York City’s JFK airport on two separate days for a “day at work with dad”? The only problem with this “day at work with dad” was that he had his children (twins, a son and a daughter) actually give instructions to pilots over the air traffic control system, thus trivializing the importance of the air traffic controller’s job plus causing millions of airline passengers to lose confidence in the professionalism of the air traffic controllers.
What I find incredulous are those people, especially pilots, who think there was no harm done. Dave Pascoe, the owner of liveatc.com, which accumulates air traffic communications largely for the benefit of pilots, said the reaction was overblown. "Nobody in the aviation community felt like this was anything more than a noble thing, that a father would take his kid to work," he told CNN. "And when you listen to any of the recordings, the situation in the tower is very controlled. There is no hint ... that anyone was too busy or anyone was interrupting the planes. I don't think safety was compromised, nor should anyone be disciplined for this," said Mr Pascoe, who is also a pilot.
Am I missing something here? What if the pilot of the plane was distracted by the sounds of a kid’s voice coming through his earphones and missed the runway, thus crashing his plane and perhaps causing hundreds of deaths? Would that then make it wrong? Do we have to have a disaster to wake up some of these so called "professionals?"
I know most parents love their kids and think only their kids are special and unique and that they should experience everything possible but where does one draw the line? I would think at the airport control tower where hundreds of lives are at risk. I don’t know but maybe that's just me. It seems crystal clear to me.
My advice to Glenn Duffy, the air traffic controller dad who thought it was acceptable to bring his kids in the air traffic control tower and give landing and take off instructions to pilots, take the kids to zoo instead.
Now I see where the kids are upset that they may be responsible for getting dad fired for his poor judgement of putting them in the control tower. They should be upset. Lesson learned.