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Mar 3, 2010

TAKE YOUR KID TO WORK DAY

 
Oh dear. The voice of a child directing air traffic in the tower. Speaking to pilots and giving instructions. Oh dear. Did he do a fine job? Wasn't his parent right there? That is not the issue. The issue is that a child was allowed to give instructions in an air traffic control tower. 

Let me ask you this. What if your doctor wanted to let their kid see how a pap test was done? How about that lump on your breast. How about surgery? Here, hold this clamp. 
  
 I took my eldest son to work with me before, years ago when he was about 6 years old,  at our own company. He sat on the floor and put invoices in numerical order. He was really good at it. I know this because I had to check them all of course. Worst case scenario...one was out of order and we would have had to look for it for a while. 

My husband took our youngest son to work with him too. This is a standard grade 9 high school day. He knows what my husband does and didn't want to hang around with him so they put him to work in the shop and he lugged stuff around and cleaned up.

I think it is very poor judgment to have a child of such an obvious young age directing airplanes full of people around the sky telling them what runway to use etc. 

What do you think?

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10 comments:

Jane said...

you're kidding me right? A kid broadcasted flight directives over FAA airwaves to in-flight planes? For real? In a previous life I was an air traffic controller. That life was too stressful for me.

Gail said...

This is the second post I have read today about that. I can't believe it! Does the person still have a job?

I am glad I wasn't traveling. How do we know who is running those towers? This could get scary.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I heard that the parent, and the supervisor were suspended.

I suppose the kid got promoted, and is now running the tower. Talk about bad judgment. What if he was flustered, and screwed up the flight numbers, could you imagine the carnage?

They deserve to be fired.

Jen

3 Men and a Lady said...

It was disturbing. The little boy was cute to hear, but damn! those are jets full of PEOPLE. Kind of freaked me out. Loved the nonchalance at the pilots. They were like "cool, a 6yo is telling me where to steer this giant aircraft, no biggie."

jojo said...

I found this so disturbing...especially at JFK. My gosh with the history in NY how could anyone find that appropiate? I'm still shaking..I just heard on the news that the controllor was put on leave...um, no-that won't work for me.

matron said...

To my knowledge we do not have this practice in Ireland,thank God.We do however send 16yr olds out for work experience for a couple of weeks.The try to get placed in in the job they eventually want to do ie,banking nursing engineering etc,but they only do simple jobs and observation,then write a report on their experiences.
I can not believe what this child was aloud to do,I hope someone was held to account.

mbkatc230 said...

I can't believe this. Geez, we hesitate to let kids come to the clinic for observation days because of potential danger! Good grief, what was this person thinking? Or not thinking! I can only sit here shaking my head. Kathy

MiMi said...

Oh geez, I know, this is NUTS! Hey, I'm a cop and I'm taking my kid to work. Next bad guy I see my kid gets to pop a cap in his ass! Sheesh.

Sue said...

IMHO, no one except the flight controllers should have been in the room. A child had no business in an environment such as this, much less repeating instructions from a controller to a plane in the air or on the tarmac. I saw this report on the news this morning and I couldn't believe that the pilots thought it was cute. Children do not belong in any public workplace, period! What were these "responsible" adults thinking?!

Jo Anne said...

I can't believe that the parent was so daft as to allow a child to give info to a landing aircraft - what is the world coming to?

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