Plane Lands Safely with Unmanned Airtraffic Tower

If you are already afraid of flying, this piece of news is guaranteed to make you more anxious.

Early Wednesday morning, two airliners trying to land at Reagan International Airport in DC were unable to contact the lone traffic controller in the control tower.

It's not clear why the controller was not at his post, though there are reports he may have fallen asleep. The pilots managed to land their planes safely without the aid of the tower.

Today, FAA head, Randy Babbitt announced that the controller had been suspended, and the incident is under investigation.

Last night the FAA changed the policy at Reagan Airport, requiring a minimum of two controllers be on duty at all times.

Staffing at other airports around the country are also under review. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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