• Short Summary

    AIR TRAVEL IN THE UNITED STATES WAS DISRUPTED ON WEDNESDAY (25 MARCH) WHEN THOUSANDS OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS STAYED OFF THE JOB, FEIGNING ILLNESS.

  • Description

    AIR TRAVEL IN THE UNITED STATES WAS DISRUPTED ON WEDNESDAY (25 MARCH) WHEN THOUSANDS OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS STAYED OFF THE JOB, FEIGNING ILLNESS. THE CONTROLLERS, WHO ARE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND FORBIDDEN TO STRIKE BY LAW, ARE PROTESTING AGAINST ALLEGED OBSOLETE EQUIPMENT AND OVERWORK.

    ONE OF THE WORST-HIT AREAS WAS NEW YORK CITY WHERE THE SLOW-DOWN CAUSED DELAYS OF MORE THAN THREE HOURS AT TIME AT KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. AMERICAN AIRLINES, ONE OF THE BIGGEST DOMESTIC CARRIERS, CANCELLED 80 OF ITS 200 SCHEDULED FLIGHTS FROM THE THREE NEW YORK AREA AIRPORTS.

    A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FEDERAL AVIATION AUTHORITY SAID THAT OF 127 CONTROLLERS DUE AT THE NEW YORK CONTROL CENTRE, 80 HAD REPORTED SICK.

    THE PROTEST WAS CALLED BY THE PROFESSIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS ORGANIZATION (PATCO), A RELATIVELY NEW UNION, WHICH REPRESENTS ABOUT HALF THE COUNTRY'S 14,000 CONTROLLERS. UNION OFFICIALS REFUSED TO CALL THE PROTEST A STRIKE.

    BUT WITH THE HEAVY-TRAFFIC EASTER WEEKEND APPROACHING, TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY JOHN VO PE WENT TO COURT TO GET AN INJUNCTION AGAINST WHAT HE CALLED AN ILLEGAL STRIKE. THE TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER WAS GRANTED AND WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 A.M. ON MONDAY APRIL 6. IT FORBIDS ANY FURTHER WORK STOPPAGE, SLOWDOWN OR INTERFERENCE WITH THE MOVEMENT OF AIRCRAFT.

    BEHIND THE DISPUTE IS THE EVEN-INCREASING TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE COUNTRY'S MAJOR AIRPORTS. THE CONTROLLERS SAY THEY ARE OVERWORKED AND CANNOT SAFELY HANDLE THE HEAVY TRAFFIC WITH EXISTING EQUIPMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABFKSIOUFO6HAXO7Y5L3XKMPU5
    Media URN:
    VLVABFKSIOUFO6HAXO7Y5L3XKMPU5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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