Immature Air Controller

Charlotte Hays | Posted on 03/04/10

Okay, I think asking kids what they think is making the same mistake the (adult) air traffic controller made: confusing children with adults.

When I say immature airline controller, I'm speaking of the father, who should have been an adult, not his kids, who should be learning to be adult in perhaps a different way from what Dad is teaching.

Yes, I admit I'm shocked by the behavior of the air traffic controller who took his two children to work and on two separate occasions allowed them to direct pilots. But I am also appalled at the treatment today in the Washington KidsPost. A story there has seen fit to ask, well, kids to comment on this incident. "Did take-your-child-to-work day go too far?" the newspaper asks.

The item quotes from the exchange of one of the children and a pilot, adding:

The exchange happened during a week-long break from school and caused no injuries or obvious danger. It's not uncommon for parents to bring their children to work occasionally. But some say that should never have happened in a job where the air traffic controller is responsible for the safety of everyone on a plane. What do you think?  

Okay, I think asking kids what they think is making the same mistake the (adult) air traffic controller made: confusing children with adults. It's immature on the part of the adults.  What do you think? That implies that this is not an open and shut case, that perhaps what the controller did was okay. It also takes the opinions of children more seriously than is necessary.

 

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