Hi Readers! That’s what it was for two days in February when an air traffic controller took his two kids into the tower and actually let them direct plane traffic at New York’s JFK Airport. Read all about it here ffhhizdthr
As a Free-Ranger, I am all for bringing kids into the workplace and even having them help out. But not at a job where lives are at stake.
I know that the dad, Glenn Duffy, was right there, no doubt shadowing every move and making sure the kids didn’t say, “East,” when they meant “West.” But I find the whole thing rather indulgent on his part, like throwing a birthday party that could double as a Trump wedding. Yes, we want to show our kids that we think they are wonderful. But no, an 8-year-old does not have to direct air traffic for that to happen. An 8-year-old don’t have to help perform surgery, either, or feed the lions at the zoo. (Or the killer whales!) If you want an 8-year-old to feel — and start becoming — grown up, teach ’em how to make dinner.
I have no doubt that the pilots and passengers were in little peril. But there’s no reason for them to be in the hands of a third or fourth grader. Free-Range does not mean free-wheeling. Or, God forbid, free-falling! — Lenore
P.S. I should add — after reading your comments — that I, too, think that firing the guy is way beyond what’s called for. Overkill.