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Third air traffic controller fired for sleeping

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A third air traffic controller has been fired for sleeping on the job, even as some say naps should be allowed during working hours to enhance controller attentiveness. The termination of the controller followed several highly publicized incidents that have included sleeping controllers, an unresponsive controller watching a…

GOP to use sleeping air controllers to push for privatization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An uproar over lapses by U.S. air traffic controllers will spill into Congress where critics of organized labor see an unexpected opening to push their agenda into sweeping aviation legislation. Embarrassing disclosures of controllers sleeping on duty — even allowing first lady Michelle Obama’s plane to fly…

Conservative activist: Bible, Ben Franklin, Pilgrims all opposed to net neutrality

The idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally is against the teachings of the Bible and America’s Founding Fathers, according to evangelical Christian minister and political activist David Barton. During his radio show on Tuesday, he said that net neutrality violated the Biblical principle of free markets, a…

Michelle Obama’s plane forced to abort a landing

WASHINGTON – An official plane carrying US First Lady Michelle Obama had to abort a landing at an air force base near Washington on Monday due to an air traffic controller’s error, US media reported Tuesday. The aircraft carrying her was too close to a 200-ton military cargo jet and…

EU warns telecom firms against blocking Skype

BRUSSELS — The European Commission launched a probe Tuesday into charges that telecom firms block next-to-free Internet phone services to undermine competitors or degrade the quality of online videos. With the proliferation of smart phones putting the Internet in the palm of consumers’ hands, the European Union’s executive arm asked…

Fifth air controller caught sleeping, US schedules to change

WASHINGTON – THE US Federal Aviation Administration announced on Saturday it is overhauling work rotations of air traffic controllers after yet another controller fell asleep on a midnight shift. The FAA said it will prohibit ‘scheduling practices that have been identified as those most likely to result in air traffic…

US air traffic control chief resigns

WASHINGTON — The head of air traffic control in the United States resigned on Thursday after an embarrassing spate of cases in which controllers were found napping on the job. The resignation of Hank Krakowski was accepted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Randy Babbitt, who promised a major shake-up…

U.S. traffic fatalities hit record low in 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. traffic deaths dropped by 3 percent to a record annual low of 32,788 for 2010 even as motorists drove more in an improving economy, projected government figures showed on Friday. Fatalities have dropped 25 percent over the past five years, which transportation officials and highway safety…

Libyan authorities cut off nation’s Internet access: report

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Internet service was cut off in Libya on Friday as the regime evidently moved to strip anti-government protestors of ways to organize and communicate, according to Arbor Networks. Libya “abruptly disconnected” from the Internet at 4:15 pm.(00:15 GMT Saturday), according to the US based tracker of…

Senate approves two-year aviation bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday approved a two-year, $35 billion blueprint for funding air traffic control services and the next steps for modernizing that system. Lawmakers approved the Federal Aviation Administration bill 87 to eight, throwing the issue over to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which is working…

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