March 3rd, 2010
02:36 PM ET

Video: FAA: Child in air traffic tower talking to pilots 'not acceptable'

John Roberts | BIO
CNN Anchor, "American Morning"

A supervisor and an air traffic controller at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport are on administrative leave after one apparently brought his young child to work and the child communicated with planes on an air traffic control frequency, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.

The two tower employees were placed on leave pending the outcome of an FAA investigation into last month's incident that already is under way, the FAA said in a written statement.

"This lapse in judgment not only violated FAA's own policies, but common sense standards for professional conduct. These kinds of distractions are totally unacceptable," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in the statement.

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  1. Denise Barlow

    I've done that before. But I also worked in a day care/pre-school so it was acceptable for me to bring my kids to work. An air traffic control tower?? Not a good idea. Where there no family members or neighbors who could take the child for the day?

    March 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm |