What's Really to Blame for Air Traffic Control's Increasing Errors

Asleep at the wheel has taken on all too real a meaning for American air traffic control. In addition to the high-profile aborted landing of an Air Force jet carrying Michelle Obama in April, the Federal Aviation Administration currently is investigating two cases of controllers sleeping on the job in January, one in Los Angeles, the other in Fort Worth. Three other controllers already have been fired for falling asleep on the job this year.