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FAA Issues New Rules for First Lady Flights, Fires Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers

This blog post was updated on October 9, 2018.

After a slew of incidents involving neglectful air traffic controllers, the FAA announced swift action this week.


Two air traffic controllers (one in Miami and one in Knoxville, Tenn.) who were caught sleeping on the job have been fired.


New rules were also put in place for flights carrying the First Lady or Vice President after an incident on Monday led to the aborted landing of a flight carrying Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.


The flight was forced to pull out of its landing after it came too close to a cargo plane. Mrs. Obama later landed safely.


Incoming planes carrying the First Lady or the Vice President must now be handled by an air traffic supervisor, according to the FAA. The same rule is already in effect for flights carrying the President.


Source: MSNBC

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