The FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Union need to take a pill and calm down. They have their dainties in a bunch over a controller at JFK letting his kid do the radio work for a couple of minutes.
Listen to the audio at the above link. Several things are abundantly clear from it:
- The kid was only doing the talking, not any of the actual decision making
- His broadcasts were clear and competent. (I’ve dealt with controllers who were a lot worse.)
- Not one of the pilots on frequency had any objection at all.
- Nobody was put in any danger whatsoever.
If they want to attract more controllers (and Lord knows they have to) they need to lighten up about this.