I've always heard that being an air traffic controller is one of the most stressful jobs out there, but I guess anyone can do it:
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An investigation is underway into why a young child, apparently under an adult's supervision, was allowed to direct air traffic at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.
In transmissions broadcast by local media, the young child -- whose age is unknown -- can be heard directing pilots for departure, apparently under the supervision of an adult. The incident reportedly happened two weeks ago.
At one point an adult voice can be heard telling a pilot: "This is what you get guys when the kids are out of school."
The pilots receiving instructions from the child did not appear too concerned with one pilot saying "awesome job."
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that pending the outcome of its investigation the employees involved in the incident were not controlling air traffic.
Now, I've been on flights, and you can plug your earphones into the chair and hear some of the com traffic. As a passenger, I think I'd be a bit freaked out by hearing little Johnny giving my pilot the go-ahead.
At least the kid is sober, though... Kind of blows the socks off of 'take your kid to work' day.