CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 19, 1968
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(Studio) New radar control system in New York City disputed by Federal Aviation Administration and air traffic controllers. Federal Aviation Administration says system more efficient and safe. Some controllers warn of possible disasters.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Kennedy International Airport, New York) Passengers delayed during summer as controllers stack up planes to lessen congestion. Passengers flying in and out of New York warned they might not be safe. Common instrument flight rules room is where controllers keep track of flights of all 3 New York airports. [Controllers Union President Ken. LYONS - says controllers sick of being patsies for FAA. They're playing Russian roulette here. Federal Aviation Administration administration D.D. Thomas should step in and close common room and let each airport take care of self. Controllers don't know where all planes are at all times.] Federal Aviation Administration calls Lyons' charges irresponsible. [Air Control Supervisor Edward ELLENBERGER - calls new system improved. Advantage is close coordination.] [Air Traffic Controller Peter NELSON - says radar scope went out last week for minute or 2. Reverted to Newark large screen display. Aircraft always under radar control.] Most controllers feel overworked and underpaid. Men work 10 hrs. day 6 days week
REPORTER: John Laurence