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An Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controller and supervisor are under investigation for allowing a young child to direct flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Feb. 17.

The child communicated with at least five pilots, clearing some of the flights for takeoff, the agency said. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  March 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Our country was run by a couple of children for over 8 years (2001 - 2009) and no one was fired. Why should this be any different?

Posted by: Its_the_Truth_Anyhow | March 3, 2010 11:41 AM

do you really think the kid was guiding those pilots on his own? that his dad or whoever brought him to work wasnt sitting there listening and providing the script that he was to read? it was reported that the pilots were all in on it, so obviously it was set up by dad or whoever. this seems totally out of context and blown out of proportion.

Posted by: kms2 | March 3, 2010 1:04 PM

Everyone should take their child to work one day a year, recover. There's much more important fish to fry.

Posted by: citigreg | March 3, 2010 2:37 PM

Some readers are so uptight they couldn't pass gas! The kid in no way "directed aircraft". You make it sound like the father was off on a coffee break and handed the controls to the kid. Give me a BREAK! It just shows your ignorance. He should get an award for being a conscientious father. No one even remotely in danger.

Posted by: snowbucks | March 3, 2010 3:53 PM

Lighten up, everyone. No one was in danger. In fact, the father was probably paying more attention, given the circumstances.

Posted by: sannhet | March 3, 2010 6:29 PM

it's called learning by example and the child wasn't unsupervised

Posted by: icebluekoolaid1 | March 3, 2010 9:06 PM

I hate the knee-jerk reaction of the public to have someone fired over an isolated incident.

Perhaps they should be fired, but that should be determined in context of their overall careers and the gravity of the situation. This isn't something to be decided by an online lynch mob.

Posted by: AxelDC | March 4, 2010 1:31 PM

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