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Watch video: Young boy gives instructions to pilots at Kennedy Airport



An air traffic controller at New York's Kennedy Airport is in hot water after he allowed his young son to radio instructions to several pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration said it has placed the controller and a supervisor on administrative leave as it investigates. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called the episode a "lapse in judgment." The agency says it has also suspended all unofficial visits to FAA air traffic facilities while it reviews its policies. The few quick exchanges between the elementary-school-aged child and jets waiting to take off from JFK became public after they were recorded and posted on the Internet. On the recordings, the child appears to be repeating simple instructions given by his father.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 4:03pm]


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