New investigation into air traffic controllers

Multiple air traffic controllers were allegedly sleeping on duty or using alcohol and drugs.
2:03 | 12/04/23

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MORGAN, THANK YOU. >>> NEW CONCERNS TONIGHT ABOUT >>> NEW CONCERNS TONIGHT ABOUT THE SAFETY OF AMERICA'S SKIES, THE SAFETY OF AMERICA'S SKIES, AFTER A SERIES OF NEAR MISSES. AFTER A SERIES OF NEAR MISSES. AN INVESTIGATION FINDS REPEATED AN INVESTIGATION FINDS REPEATED LAPSES BY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL LAPSES BY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL PERSONNEL, INCLUDING SLEEPING ON PERSONNEL, INCLUDING SLEEPING ON THE JOB AND THE USE OF ALCOHOL, THE JOB AND THE USE OF ALCOHOL, ACCORDING TO "THE NEW YORK ACCORDING TO "THE NEW YORK TIMES." TIMES." THE CONTROLLERS UNION IS THE CONTROLLERS UNION IS DENOUNCING THAT REPORT. DENOUNCING THAT REPORT. ABC'S REENA ROY REPORTS FROM NEW ABC'S REENA ROY REPORTS FROM NEW YORK. YORK. >> Reporter: TONIGHT AN ALARMING >> Reporter: TONIGHT AN ALARMING NEW INVESTIGATION INTO AIR NEW INVESTIGATION INTO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, AS MILLIONS TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, AS MILLIONS PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAY TRAVEL PREPARE FOR THE HOLIDAY TRAVEL RUSH. RUSH. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" DETAILING "THE NEW YORK TIMES" DETAILING MULTIPLE INCIDENTS WHERE AIR MULTIPLE INCIDENTS WHERE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WERE TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WERE ALLEGEDLY SLEEPING ON DUTY OR ALLEGEDLY SLEEPING ON DUTY OR USING ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. USING ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. THE REPORT NOT INDEPENDENTLY THE REPORT NOT INDEPENDENTLY CONFIRMED BY ABC NEWS COVERS CONFIRMED BY ABC NEWS COVERS HUNDREDS OF COMPLAINTS TO THE HUNDREDS OF COMPLAINTS TO THE FAA HOTLINE OVER TWO YEARS, FAA HOTLINE OVER TWO YEARS, SAYING ONE EMPLOYEE SHOWED UP TO SAYING ONE EMPLOYEE SHOWED UP TO WORK THIS SUMMER DRUNK, JOKING WORK THIS SUMMER DRUNK, JOKING ABOUT MAKING BIG MONEY BUZZED. ABOUT MAKING BIG MONEY BUZZED. THE FAA TELLING ABC NEWS, THE THE FAA TELLING ABC NEWS, THE REPORT IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORT IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF THE OVERALL IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF THE OVERALL HIGH SAFETY STANDARD THAT EXISTS HIGH SAFETY STANDARD THAT EXISTS THROUGHOUT THE NATIONAL THROUGHOUT THE NATIONAL AEROSPACE SYSTEM. AEROSPACE SYSTEM. FLYING HAS NEVER BEEN SAFER. FLYING HAS NEVER BEEN SAFER. THE INDUSTRY ALREADY FACING THE INDUSTRY ALREADY FACING SCRUTINY, AFTER AN UNPRECEDENTED SCRUTINY, AFTER AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF NEAR-MISSES ACROSS THE NUMBER OF NEAR-MISSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, LIKE THIS ONE EARLIER COUNTRY, LIKE THIS ONE EARLIER THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR. >> SOUTHWEST, ABORT. >> SOUTHWEST, ABORT. FEDEX IS ON THE GO. FEDEX IS ON THE GO. >> Reporter: A FEDEX FLIGHT >> Reporter: A FEDEX FLIGHT CLEARED TO LAND IN AUSTIN CAME CLEARED TO LAND IN AUSTIN CAME WITHIN 100 FEET OF A SOUTHWEST WITHIN 100 FEET OF A SOUTHWEST PLANE TAKING OFF. PLANE TAKING OFF. AND BACK IN JUNE AT BOSTON LOGAN AND BACK IN JUNE AT BOSTON LOGAN AIRPORT -- AIRPORT -- >> IT'S NOT GOING TO -- IT'S NOT >> IT'S NOT GOING TO -- IT'S NOT GOING TO -- OH, IT DID! GOING TO -- OH, IT DID! >> Reporter: JUST LAST MONTH, >> Reporter: JUST LAST MONTH, A GOVERNMENT REPORT FOUND A GOVERNMENT REPORT FOUND HIGH LEVELS OF OVERTIME AMONG HIGH LEVELS OF OVERTIME AMONG AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, LEADING AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, LEADING TO, QUOTE, ABSENTEEISM, LOWER TO, QUOTE, ABSENTEEISM, LOWER PRODUCTIVITY, AND FATIGUE. PRODUCTIVITY, AND FATIGUE. AND DESPITE MORE PASSENGERS AND AND DESPITE MORE PASSENGERS AND PLANES IN THE AIR, THERE ARE PLANES IN THE AIR, THERE ARE ABOUT 1,000 FEWER AIR TRAFFICKER ABOUT 1,000 FEWER AIR TRAFFICKER CONTROLLERS THAN THERE WERE TEN CONTROLLERS THAN THERE WERE TEN YEARS AGO. YEARS AGO. >> AND THE AIR TRAFFIC >> AND THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS UNION IS FIRING CONTROLLERS UNION IS FIRING BACK, SAYING THE REPORT IS AN BACK, SAYING THE REPORT IS AN UNFAIR AND INACCURATE PORTRAYAL UNFAIR AND INACCURATE PORTRAYAL OF THEIR PROFESSIONALISM AND OF THEIR PROFESSIONALISM AND SKILL. SKILL. BUT DID ACKNOWLEDGE THE ONGOING BUT DID ACKNOWLEDGE THE ONGOING STAFFING ISSUES AND FATIGUE STAFFING ISSUES AND FATIGUE INTRODUCE UNNECESSARY RISK INTO INTRODUCE UNNECESSARY RISK INTO THE SYSTEM. THE SYSTEM. LINSEY? LINSEY? >> Linsey: ALL OF IT >> Linsey: ALL OF IT DISCONCERTING THER

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