An Federal Aviation Administration
air traffic controller and supervisor were placed on administrative
leave on Wednesday after allowing a young child to direct flights at
John F. Kennedy International Airport on Feb. 17.
“This lapse in judgment not only violated FAA’s own policies, but common sense standards for professional conduct,” FAA Administrator
Randy Babbitt said in a statement. “These kinds of distractions are
totally unacceptable. We have an incredible team of professionals who
safely control our nation’s skies every single day. This kind of
behavior does not reflect the true caliber of our workforce.”
The agency also suspended all unofficial visits to air traffic control towers pending an investigation of the incident. FAA officials
will review its policy on allowing visitors into the towers.