by Bailey Haack
A plan implemented this week by the Federal Aviation Administration will guarantee air traffic controllers a minimum of nine hours off between each scheduled shift.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the changes in scheduling, saying that they would not be allowing workers to take naps during breaks, according to Fox News.
The changes implemented also include restrictions on workers switching shifts. Fox News said they will be prohibited from swapping, unless they adhere to the nine-hour rule, and will not be allowed to switch into an unscheduled midnight shift after a day off.
More managers will be on duty during early hours and at night, according to the Washington Post. The FAA said they will help remind controllers to stay awake.
Transportation officials will be visiting air traffic offices around the country over the next few weeks to review safety standards, Fox News said.