The Hazardous Task Of An Air Traffic Controller And Why They Should Know How To Stay Awake.

Have you ever flown? Are you a frequent traveler? Then your life may also depend on air traffic controllers, apart from pilots of course. Pilots are dependent on the signs or instructions that these specific workers issue with regard to landings and takeoffs of aircrafts. They also use visual references, computers, or radars both to monitor and direct airplanes on the ground as well as on the air level. They are likewise responsible for controlling all kinds of ground traffic in airports such which includes airport workers and baggage vehicles. This is certainly one career that needs information on how to stay awake.

A college degree is not even required to become one. But the safety of passengers are on their shoulders, especially under difficult circumstances that may be characterized by poor weather conditions, busy ground and air traffic, or worse, a terrorist act or hostage crisis. These situations will keep them awake for sure, but not every shift is as exciting as some. So it is rather urgent that these type of workers be fully informed on how to stay awake, most specifically during night shifts or whenever there is a need to change or rotate shifts. Under these scenarios, they like their counterparts in other careers who experience the same, usually take on the next shift in an effort to cross over. And here lies the danger.

As opposed to doctors and nurses who attends to patients individually, air traffic controllers are responsible for the full plane filled with innocent people. One mistake could compound into multiple lives. The Daily News reported on June 13, 2014 the claim of the National Research Council that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still allowed or approved at that point, the cramming of five (5) work shifts into four (4) twenty-four-hour (24-hour) periods. These were called the “rattlers” by the controllers because according to them, they “turn around and bite back”. Those words are not good to hear, not if you travel by plane a lot. You would want to teach them how to stay awake and keep you and other passengers, safe.

In 2006, a regional airliner turned in the wrong direction resulting in a crash while attempting to take off from a runway that proved to be too short for safety. All but the 50th person on board died. It was found out that the air traffic controller on duty at the time suffered from fatigue, having worked the whole night and only got two (2) hours of sleep in the preceding twenty-four (24) hours. He and management really should have known how to stay awake by using sleep alarms.

The Huffpost Healthy Living also reported on May 28, 2012 some actual instances of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job. One assigned at the Tennessee tower slept for a whopping five (5) hours while on duty. Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport had a supervisor who was also the sole controller at the time, who fell into a slumber for a full thirty (30) minutes. The list goes on but it doesn’t have to, not anymore. There are sleep alarms that can ensure one’s wakefulness and the safety of countless passengers.