Union seeks to repair controllers' reputations

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Posted: May 11, 2011 4:04 PM
Union seeks to repair controllers' reputations

The air traffic controllers' union is trying to repair their members' damaged reputation with an online video emphasizing their professionalism and the safety of air travel.

A spokesman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Doug Church, says controllers are tired of the snickers and comments they've heard since a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, watching movies on duty, and making errors, including one involving a plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama.

The air traffic controllers' union posted a video Wednesday on YouTube featuring controllers from Miami, Seattle, Kansas City and Portland, Ore., expressing their pride in their work. Their comments are interspersed with facts about the nation's aviation system.

Church says the union is considering additional steps, but acknowledges changing public perceptions will take time.