U.S. Rep. John L. Mica, R-Fla., Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, blasted the Federal Aviation Administration's response to a spate of air traffic control problems. He and other committee leaders plan a closed door meeting in Washington Thursday with FAA leaders to discuss the issue.
"Only in the federal government would you double up on workers, averaging $161,000 per year in salary and benefits, that aren't doing their job," Mica said. "This increase in staffing, when there is little to no traffic, also misdirects our resources and focus away from congested air traffic control facilities."
Mica spoke in response to a decision by the FAA to double staffing levels during the midnight shift at 27 air traffic control towers around the country following several near misses, runway incursions and incidents of sleeping on the job.