New plan affects air controllers off hours

Federal officials announced a plan to guarantee a minimum of nine hours off between tightly scheduled shifts to air traffic controllers on Sunday morning, according to The Washington Post.

It took a seventh air traffic controller to fall asleep on Wednesday for the Federal Aviation Administration to understand that the current schedules were failing in their design, NTSB Chairman Debbie Hersman told USA Today.

Within the nation's air-traffic system fatigue has become a major issue, but U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told The Washington Post that he has no tolerance for sleeping on the job.

There are currently 15, 475 controllers nationwide and it may take till the end of the week before the new rules take full effect, according to The Washington Post.

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