Air traffic controllers fall asleep and smoke marijuana while on the jobBy Mason White 6:25 PM December 12, 2016
|Airplanes taking off (illustration)|
By: Tanya Malhotra
Airplane pilots were horrified to learn that their lives were put in danger by several air traffic controllers who decided to sleep and smoke marijuana, according to police in Idaho.
The Boise Police Department said that they were called to the Boise Airport, after several pilots reported that they were unable to make contact with the air traffic controllers.
The pilots relied on other methods to make sure they don’t hit other planes landing or taking off.
Three police officers tried to make contact with the air traffic controllers, and when they were unable to reach anyone in the tower, they decided to check inside if anyone was there.
When police arrived, they met someone who identified himself as an air traffic controlled. The officers claimed that he smelled of marijuana.
When they arrived in the tower, they found an air traffic controller sleeping in his chair. No charges have been filed. The FAA has launched an investigation.
A spokesperson for the FAA said that both air traffic controllers were tested for drugs, and they were negative.