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Air Traffic Controllers' Strike #518496

NBC Evening News for Friday, Aug 14, 1981
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(Studio) Series of bogus radio transmissions directed at pilots since air traffic controllers' strike began reported by FAA.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Circumstances surrounding phony transmissions examined; case of Air Florida flight to Fort Lauderdale cited as example Details given, diagrams shown; audio tape of tower and mystery voice in Fort Lauderdale heard. Remarks of that transmission as well as those in New Orleans and Phoenix transcribed on screen. [Trans. Secretary Drew LEWIS - comments.] Efforts of FBI and Federal Communications Commission to trace voices noted. [Federal Communications Commission engineer Joe THEIMER - notes potential seriousness of problem.] [PATCO president Robert POLI - disclaims union support of such action.] Possible decertification of PATCO as bargaining agent considered.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) American, Braniff and United States Air reported laying off large number of employees; decision announced by Eastern mentioned.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Hager, Robert;
Mudd, Roger

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