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Snoozing in the Control Tower

If a radio or TV broadcaster falls asleep at the switch, the result could be very embarrassing, but what if an air traffic controller saws some wood while pilots are calling for landing clearance?

That’s exactly what happened early Wednesday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Fortunately, aviators have procedures in place to keep planes safe if a tower goes quiet, and those safety measures worked just fine and the planes landed okay.

Still, the FAA has added interim rules to make sure it doesn’t happen again by making sure that airports are manned by at least two controllers overnight.

No slumber parties either.

If you have a freaky air travel story to share, post it in the comments below. We would love to hear it.

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