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Air traffic controllers falling asleep on the graveyard shift is an huge disaster. There has been several air traffic controllers falling asleep. Some have been reported in Washington, D.C.; Knoxville, Tennessee; Seattle, and Reno, Nevada.┬áThe most recent case has been in Miami Florida. An air traffic controller fell asleep while working the midnight shift early Saturday morning and ended up being suspended. I feel a strong connection to this disaster because I fly almost every year and I would hate to be on an airplane and the air traffic controller falls asleep. Even though nothing happened while the worker was asleep its still something terrible to have done. The disaster isn’t so much the worker falling to sleep but the lack of policies put in place to help keep them awake. The air traffic controllers don’t have anything to do in the control tower and our bodies are not built to sleep during the day and stay up all night. In the article it discusses that the FAA are working on ways to keep the air traffic controllers awake. They are doing a nationwide sweep throughout airports to see what policies that can put in place to keep their workers awake.”We are taking swift action to ensure the safety of our aviation system,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement Saturday. “There is no excuse for air traffic controllers to be sleeping on the job. We will do everything we can to put an end to this.”