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(Telegraph)   Barfing air traffic controller forces closure of 400-mile flight corridor because nobody wanted to take his place   ( divider line
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2002-02-25 08:52:45 AM  
Er, ok. That was so not worth reading, let alone posting.
2002-02-25 08:54:41 AM  
ALERT - mislieading headline - it's not really that funny
2002-02-25 08:54:43 AM  
Hey, nobody takes my place when I'm sick. when I come in again, I've gotta work like a sonofabiatch to catch up.
2002-02-25 08:57:49 AM  
Fafner Yeah, that would be a biatch if you worked for air traffic control, you'd come in after a coupla days offf sick, and you'd have hundreds of planes stacked up on your srceen to deal with, all waiting to land or take off, and all full of pissed off people who'd been on board for days. Or something.
2002-02-25 09:03:23 AM  
Obviously, Severin. You're posting in the wrong damn thread :)
2002-02-25 09:07:34 AM  
And how is the headline misleading? 'Ill' can mean barfing. They never clarify what the illness is, so you gotta wonder. Far as I'm concerned, if you aren't throwing up or have a fever, you aren't sick. Get back to work, knave!
2002-02-25 09:13:44 AM  
Vomit on your own time, pal, get to work!
2002-02-25 09:14:12 AM  
Actually, the point of this is that professionals who literally take lives into their hands when they assume their post, refused to cover for someone who was ostensibly ill.

That's not only asinine, it's downright scary
2002-02-25 09:43:01 AM  
What's with that goddam annoying "zipper" ad?
2002-02-25 09:47:52 AM  
What if it where the case that the guy puked on the radar and controlls he were using, and no one wanted to take his place before they got it cleaned up?
2002-02-25 10:01:32 AM  
Oh darn, I guess the terrorists get to sit down and wait to highjack the planes, just like the rest of us.

Oh, we're biatching about the fact that no one had the balls to take his spot. Yeah, that's dumb.
2002-02-25 10:07:12 AM  
This headline is incorrect.

The article says that the sick man could not be replaced because the other controllers are understaffed and funding is short and they simply refused as a matter of protest. It says nothing about him throwing up and that being the cause.

This is stupid. Fark is getting stupider.
2002-02-25 10:22:27 AM  
Was he really sick or was he "Bonking a 6ft Blond Zoe"
2002-02-25 10:23:32 AM  
If they were understaffed, why would anyone else want to take his load too and decrease safety for everyone? When my company tries to add to my workload (and we're also understaffed in my dept) I ask them just which project am I supposed to drop? Maybe the same with these guys... which OTHER section of sky do you stop controlling beccause there's not enough people to cover it all?

The puking on the radar comment made me think of "Hot Shots" with the nearly blind, coke bottle glasses AT controller. He's reporting several blips when he sneezes on the radar screen. He gets this amazed look and says "And there's a blimp! A big one! And it's moving slowly south!"
2002-02-25 10:25:17 AM  
Oh yeah. And how can this be "privatized" when the government owns 49% of it?
2002-02-25 10:44:17 AM  
Visions of John Candy freaking out cause there's a fly on his scope.... Man I miss him
2002-02-25 11:21:27 AM  
Yep. The category and headline are farked up badly.

The UK's air traffic controllers are understaffed, underpaid and have been aggressively forced into a privatisation deal no-one except Stephen Byers (UK's asshole transport minister) seems to want.

This ain't news, and it's not particularly funny either.

Finally, don't get yer knickers in a twist about 'duty' or anything. The other controllers were entirely right. What would you prefer, a 400m area closed off because it isn't safe, or the whole thing kept open but not watched as well as it should be?

Why is it that someone only has to mention an aeroplane around here and half the comments go totally off the rails?
2002-02-25 11:34:50 AM  
"Why is it that someone only has to mention an aeroplane around here and half the comments go totally off the rails?" Because very few understand how ATC works. Try being a pilot and then ask if you'd rather fly in airspace that is inadequately covered by ATC or have a section shut down. I'll take the extra flight time and fuel cost over not being sure whether there's some numbnuts flying around and not knowing s/he's out there. Gotta remember, flying is not like driving. When something goes wrong, you don't just pull over and wait for help. ATC helps make sure it all goes right and making them work in overload won't do that.
2002-02-25 11:56:46 AM  
Seems like everything's working pretty much as could be expected. 1) Government offloads vital service to private sector, in a(n idelogically biased) move to save money; 2) Private firm cuts costs by reducing staff; 3) Public suffers; 4) Hilarity ensues. Q.E.D.
2002-02-25 12:14:39 PM  
Umlaut - 'Hilarity' doesn't tend to ensue as much if you live here.
2002-02-25 12:41:14 PM  
What a bunch of pussies !
But if it was Friday night and they were in their favorite crap filled whore/crack house they'd dig a crack hit outta a dead man's ass.
2002-02-25 12:44:27 PM  
FruitBat - You have my sympathies. We have various provincial governments in Canada that offload their responsibilities to private companies -- with disastrous results. We had a serious water contamination problem in one town a couple of years ago, with several deaths and over a thousand sick. Root cause? Neo-Conservative ideology believing that the private sector can do anything the public sector can do -- only better and cheaper. Well, cheaper anyway -- but life is cheap too I guess. ;)
2002-02-25 02:36:52 PM  
Zaago: no, everyone but you is getting smarter.
2002-02-25 02:40:03 PM  
There are certian things that must be in the public sector, airports and ATC, are among them. Many people think that running these systems are cheap, not by a long shot, ATC is one of the most diffcult jobs that you can have, not only that the people that do it, are some of the nicest people too.
2002-02-25 07:15:31 PM  
That explains it. A small cessna did a loopdy loop behind my house yesterday. He was diving low and buzzing the trees and then he did this loop and sped off. Since my house is 26 miles from a really big airport (Charlotte Douglas) I know he was on some kind of radar. I thought for sure he was going to crash. I had no idea that those planes were capable of doing that.
2002-02-25 11:24:18 PM  
They are capable of that and more. Well if your 26 miles from an airport and under 1200 ft he was not on radar.

Though one thing I must say that is extremely dangerous, I make it a requirment do do aerobatics at least at 2500ft, and no lower.
2002-02-26 01:36:22 AM  

This is stupid. Fark is getting stupider.


You're about a year and a half too late...
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