FAA asked to investigate controllers at NY airport

Feb 25, 2012, 3:59 AM

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – New York officials want the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate whether air traffic controllers are sleeping on the job at a local airport.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Westchester County executive Rob Astorino were reacting to a report on TV station WNYW. The report included video purporting to show controllers sleeping, texting and reading while on duty at the county airport.

The airport is 30 miles north of New York City. It serves nearly 2 million passengers annually.

The report included an FAA statement that because of an elevator breakdown, off-duty controllers are allowed to use part of the tower as a break room.

In separate letters to the FAA, Gillibrand and Astorino questioned that explanation and demanded an investigation.

The FAA said Friday it would take action as appropriate.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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FAA asked to investigate controllers at NY airport