Kid’s stuff at JFK

March 4: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has responded to the news story that a child instructed pilots from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) control tower in February.
It said that two employees, a supervisor and an air traffic controller, are on “administrative leave” following the incident. “This lapse in judgment not only violated FAA’s own policies, but common sense standards for professional conduct. These kinds of distractions are totally unacceptable,” said Administrator Randy Babbitt. “We have an incredible team of professionals who safely control our nation’s skies every single day. This kind of behaviour does not reflect the true calibre of our workforce.”
The FAA has also suspended all unofficial visits to air traffic control operational areas, such as towers and radar rooms, will be suspended during an investigation. However, public opinion on JFK’s own website is generally in support of the air traffic controller and that the incident has “been blown out of proportion”. It is understood that the controller in question brought his nine-year old son into work on a ‘work experience’ day, common practice within US schools.
Meanwhile travellers using JFK may suffer delays over the next four months as its runway 13-31, also known as the ‘Bay runway’, is to be widened from 150ft to 200ft and have taxiways added. At 14,572ft it is one of the longest runways in the world and the most used runway at JFK.