The Obama administration has moved decisively to prevent another air trafic controller castrophe.
Wednesday night 3/23/2011, at Reagan international airport, pilots were forced to land their planes 'blind'. The lone air traffic controller on duty had fallen asleep, and was not responding to repeat radio calls.
To prevent this from happening again, the Obama administration exercised its significant clout with federal labor unions and has moved decisively to change the work agreement governing air traffic controllers working rules.
Any controller alone in the tower will no longer be permitted to sleep.
However, if two or more controllers are in the tower, the union rules on sleeping will remain the same.