Trouble in the Skies

Adam Shapiro, Fox Business, May 20, 2015

FOX Business’ “Trouble in the Skies,” a six month investigation of the FAA’s new hiring practices, uncovered changes that may put the nation’s flying public at risk as well as allegations that the newest air traffic control recruits had access to answers on a key test that helped them gain jobs with the FAA.

Lawmakers are taking notice, in a statement to FOX Business Correspondent Adam Shapiro U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL) said. “The latest report elevates the need to dig deeper to find out what the FAA is hiding. What is clear is that the FAA’s lack of transparency and disturbing agenda puts the safety of our skies at risk. I repeat: it’s time to compel the FAA to come before Congress to answer for their actions.”

Also uncovered was an FAA effort to promote diversity that discarded 3,000 qualified college graduates with degrees in air traffic control despite their following FAA procedure and obtaining FAA accredited degrees.

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Millions of Americans are about to fly to summer vacations unaware that some of the air traffic controllers guiding their planes may have cheated on a key test to get their jobs. {snip}

It takes several years of study to acquire the complex skills necessary to become an air traffic controller, or ATC. It’s considered among the highest pressured jobs in America. The path for new ATC recruits begins with questions like this, “The number of different high school sports I participated in was A) 4 or more… B) 3… C) 2… D) 1… E) Didn’t play sports.” It was on the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2014 new and controversial exam called the Biographical Questionnaire or BQ. The FAA says it created the BQ to promote diversity among its work force. All air traffic control applicants are required to take it. Those who pass are deemed eligible and those who fail are ruled ineligible.

In 2014, 28,000 people took the BQ and 1,591 were offered jobs. FOX Business, as first reported on FBN’s “The Willis Report”, has uncovered evidence that FAA employees’ including some within the agency’s human resources department may have helped applicants cheat on that test.

Air traffic control applicants take the BQ at home, on their personal computers, without any supervision. The agency’s web site says the BQ is “. . . proven to be a valid instrument for assessing experience work habits, education, and dimensions that are related to success on the job.” Other questions on the 2014 BQ included, “How would you describe your ideal job? What has been the major cause of your failures? More classmates would remember me as humble or dominant?” {snip}

{snip} The federal agency will not reveal what the BQ specifically measures or how the exam determines eligibility to become an air traffic controller because it is worried that would compromise the test. {snip}

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The FAA knew back in the early 1990s, that it would face a shortage of qualified air traffic controllers as old timers began to retire. The FAA requires controllers to stop working at 56 years of age and the predicted shortage is now developing. The agency says it needs to hire 1000 new air traffic controllers a year for the next ten years to replace those it’s losing to retirement. Air safety and the U-S economy depend on it. Air traffic controllers are the backbone of a system that routes 87,000 flights daily in North America and contributes $1.5 trillion annually to the US economy according to the FAA.

Between 1994 and 2006, the FAA recruited colleges and universities nationwide to establish CTI programs, on their campuses, to teach potential air traffic controllers the basics. At its peak the CTI program was offered at 36 two and four year institutions. {snip}

Matthew Douglas earned a perfect score, 100, on the FAA’s old screening test called the Air Traffic Selection and Training exam, or AT-SAT. The FAA says the AT-SAT is an eight hour computer based test that measures, “aptitude required for entry-level air traffic control positions.” Douglas calls it a rigorous measure of cognitive ability. He said, “There is time speed distance equations that you do in your head, actual control scenarios, games that test your ability to multitask; all skills that are essential to this job.” His perfect score earned him the designation of “well qualified” a status in the FAA’s old hiring nomenclature given to anyone with a score on the AT-SAT above 85. “Well qualified” CTI graduates were considered the best of the best according to a source at the FAA who wishes to remain anonymous.

The FAA used to give hiring preference to CTI graduates, like Douglas, who achieved the “well qualified” designation on the AT-SAT, successfully earned a degree from a CTI program and obtained a recommendation from the CTI program’s administrators. Douglas had it all as he awaited the FAA’s 2014 bid for jobs. It appeared, to him, that he was at the front of the FAA’s line to be hired as 2013 came to a close. “I finished my air traffic control program with a 4.0 and I interned for the FAA. I think that I had a decent chance, absolutely,” he said.

But just as Matthew Douglas prepared for a new year and a new life, the FAA dropped a bomb. On December 30, 2013 the FAA threw out his AT-SAT score, CTI diploma and recommendations from his CTI program administrators. In fact, the FAA threw out the AT-SAT scores and CTI qualifications of an estimated 3,000 CTI graduates and military veterans who were all previously designated “well qualified” to become air traffic controllers. The FAA told them all to start over. But this time, when they applied for a job, their college degrees and previous military experience would mean nothing. They would now compete with thousands of people the agency calls “off the street hires”; anyone who wants to, can walk in off the street without any previous training and apply for an air traffic control job. The FAA’s only requirements, to apply, are be a U.S. citizen, have a high school diploma, speak English and pass the FAA’s new BQ, Biographical Questionnaire. What Douglas and thousands of other CTI graduates didn’t know was that the FAA was planning these changes long before the agency made them public.

FAA administrator Michael Huerta announced pending changes to the Air Traffic Control hiring process in April 2013, several months before Douglas and the other CTI graduates were discarded. But Huerta made no mention of what the agency actually planned to do as Douglas and his CTI classmates were preparing to graduate. An FAA press release issued in April 2013 says, “Administrator Michael Huerta has made an historic commitment to transform the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) into a more diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects, understands, and relates to the diverse customers we serve.”

The FAA made those changes based on a barrier analysis started in 2012 which identified, “… four of seven decision points in the air traffic controller hiring process that resulted in adverse impact to applicants from at least one demographic group.” In other words, the agency’s analysis determined there were barriers for minority applicants to obtain the FAA’s air traffic control jobs. The FAA then hired Atlanta based APT Metrics to further analyze those barriers and recommend solutions. APT Metrics issued its report, Extension to barrier Analysis of Air Traffic Control Specialist Centralized Hiring Process on April 16, 2013. It says that while the CTI schools appear to be a preferred applicant source, the program “. . . tends to have very little diversity.” This is a conclusion the Association of Collegiate Training Institutions, a group representing the 36 CTI schools, fiercely disputes.

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Moranda Reilly says friends in the CTI program encouraged her to join an organization called the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees or NBCFAE. It’s one of several organizations which offer membership to people of color and minorities who work for the FAA. Reilly says her friends told her joining the NBCFAE, as a female applicant, would help improve her chances of being hired. The NBCFAE WEB page says it has 1,000 members and advocates on behalf of 5,000 African American and minority FAA employees. “For over 35 years, NBCFAE, a nationwide network, has been dedicated to promoting equal employment for African Americans, female and minority employees; improving employee-management relations and providing an effective liaison amongst FAA employees and the community at large.” Reilly signed up just as the FAA launched a new round of hiring in February 2014.

Reilly told FOX Business that she received a recorded voice text message from FAA employee and air traffic controller Shelton Snow a few days after the FAA hiring process started and applicants began taking the BQ. Candidates were, and still are, allowed to take the test unsupervised, on their own time and on their home computers over a two week period.

Snow is an FAA employee and president of the NBCFAE’s Washington Suburban Chapter. He has recently been promoted to be an FAA Front Line Manager at the FAA’s New York Center.

Moranda Reilly says Snow sent her and other ATC applicants a recorded message on February 12, 2014 as they were preparing to take the Biographical Questionnaire test. Reilly shared the recording exclusively with FOX Business.

Snow Voice Text Message:

I know each of you are eager very eager to apply for this job vacancy announcement and trust after tonight you will be able to do so….there is some valuable pieces of information that I have taken a screen shot of and I am going to send that to you via email. Trust and believe it will be something you will appreciate to the utmost. Keep in mind we are trying to maximize your opportunities…I am going to send it out to each of you and as you progress through the stages refer to those images so you will know which icons you should select…I am about 99 point 99 percent sure that it is exactly how you need to answer each question in order to get through the first phase.

Snow refused to discuss the recording with FOX Business and has declined several requests for interviews telling FOX Business, “Journalists must stop contacting me.” When confronted on camera by FOX Business about the allegations of cheating and providing answers to the test, Snow declined to comment. On his recorded message, Snow discusses the screen shots and icons applicants should select. Snow goes on to refer to “one of my HR representatives” and giving them “the opportunity to sign off on it before you actually click it.” The recording was sent to NBCFAE associate members when it became clear some of them were failing the BQ test.

Snow Voice Text Message:

People have been getting rejection notices and those rejection notices have been coming after about 24 to 36 hours after clicking submit and I want to avoid that so what we are going to do is we are going to take our time and we’re going to make sure that everything we click on, and you going to even have to go back to your resume and make some changes because one of our members and I have caught something and we want to go back and want to fine tune those details…

NBCFAE National President Paquita Bradley also declined repeated requests from FOX Business to discuss the recording and accusations that NBCFAE members helped applicants cheat. The FAA rejected requests from FOX Business to grant interviews with FAA employees about the BQ but in a written statement about the cheating said, “No individuals have made credible allegations to the FAA about this issue.” Reilly says, “I want to talk about it because I joined the NBCFAE and when I saw what was going on, I knew that I had to stand on the right side of the fence.”

Reilly says Snow and other NBCFAE officials conducted workshops showing NBCFAE associate members, applying for FAA jobs, the correct answers to select on the BQ as well as key words to use on their resumes in order to be selected by FAA hiring personnel who were also NBCFAE members. Reilly insists that she didn’t cheat. She failed the BQ. “It breaks your heart to work so hard for something and for someone to say that you’re not eligible because of a personality exam” she said. Disappointed but not deterred, Reilly decided to do something about what she says she witnessed.

Reilly went to her CTI advisor with the recording she got from Snow. The advisor told Reilly to contact aviation lawyer Michael Pearson a retired air traffic controller who now practices law in Phoenix, Arizona. “I believe the flying public has a right to know this is going on. I believe the people engaged in this behavior need to be held accountable,” he said.

Pearson represents Moranda Reilly and several CTI graduates who may sue the FAA if they can obtain class action status. As of now, they’ve filed an equal employment opportunity complaint with the FAA’s Equal Employment Opportunity office. {snip}

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  • MekongDelta69

    I see a black doctor, dentist, pilot – anybody in a responsible position – and I’m gone.

    There’s no way I’m taking a chance that he isn’t an A.A. hire.

    • Chip Carver

      That’s been my philosophy for years – same deal when I see latinos in a responsible position.

      • D.B. Cooper

        Enjoy your flight!

        • DNA Explains It All

          No, you know for SURE you’re gana land, in what state is the thrill.
          Every takeoff is optional, every landing MANDATORY!

        • Fathercoughlin

          What it means is while these lazy stupid non whites are sitting around watching da bassetbaw–look dat LeBron jess sco anuvva basset!!-the WHITE MAN who knows what he isdoing will be working twice as hard. Diversity is nothing but a racial spoils system-nothing but stealing.

    • Tony Murphy

      Me too. A black ‘brain surgeon’ was employed by a hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was about to undertake an operation when horrified racist staff noticed he was looking at the X Ray back to front.

    • MooTieFighter

      It most likely is.

    • Fathercoughlin

      so Mr HUERTA–and how did this piece of sh*t get his job??–wants some dumb as dirt stupid slow moving mestizos,negroes and girls to be ATC’s.This guy should be dragged out of his office,tarred and feathered and fired.

  • Ronald

    The idea behind Governmental forced African employment law is that it is better to pay the Africans to do something rather than to have to pay them to do nothing. Be that as it may – and it may not be – let’s hope the damage does not go beyond the abandonment of the European standard.

    • Tarczan

      Why couldn’t we just make them garbage truck controllers? The insanity has gone so far that they must be forcibly inserted into every profession no matter how unqualified, and it’s all to make them feel good.

      • Rhialto

        This is an important point. Blacks want well paying jobs, and the less stress and strain the more they enjoy it. So why don’t the Liberals just insert them into jobs that have no responsibility for life or property, such as: Passenger Diversity Monitor, Airline Cuisine Inspector, Ecological E.coli Engineer, etc. Blacks would be happy; passengers would be safe.

        • Tony Murphy

          They already do. Haven’t you noticed? Equality Manager, Diversity Evangelist, Micro-aggression Case Handler. These are actual job titles that I have come across.

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            Multi-Culture/LGBT Employee Diversity Team Coordinator. Starting salary of $75K a few years ago at Amex.

          • Red

            I hope that’s a joke.

      • cherrie greenbaum123

        Sanitation Transportation Engineer Controllers. (STECs) There. That’s sounds kinda important.

    • George Moriarty

      The only glimmer of hope here is that airline pilots often refuse to fly into airports which they feel have substandard ATC procedures. In the past this was usually was 3rd world airports. Don’t the idiots behind this AA push realize that they are simply dragging technically advanced nations down into that 3rd world.

      • Yes. I daresay that’s the entire point.

  • That’s the maddening thing about the Fox family of cable channels. This was on Fox Business, and even on FNC, in all but their prime time shows, you do see some pretty good issues being discussed. But when you get to prime time on FNC, you won’t hear anything like this discussed.

    • Jaggers

      It’s all ISIS, all the time. (Megyn Kelly has been a more honest voice there, though, I have to say.)

      • Tarczan

        She’s a believer in white privilege.

        • George Moriarty

          I don’t know Megyn Kelly of course but does she believe in White privilege and that it should stay that way or does she loath us for this perceived privilege?

          • Jaggers

            I seriously doubt she is a believer of white privilege, although the whole question is pretty irrelevant. I just like her coverage of all the looters and what not. She clearly does not buy into the cultural marxist narrative, especially as far as the MSM goes.

          • Tarczan

            She sure does. She went on a rant one night about how lucky whites were to have their white privilege affording them opportunities. I stopped watching her after that.

          • Jaggers

            Well, you know, I agree that’s a stupid comment. But I don’t look to cable news for intellectual guidance. It’s just infotainment.

          • Cid Campeador

            I respectfully disagree. I think that she’s on the right side. Then again I can’t STOP watching her.!

      • WR_the_realist

        ISIS — a direct consequence of the neocon policies that Fox has promoted for years.

        • Sick of it

          ISIS – Trained, funded, and armed by America and Israel. Also, apparently, governments like Saudi Arabia.

      • Rhialto

        The Isis issue is only strong issue that the Repubs will probably have in the upcoming presidentials. Fox is helping to keep Americans focused on the external enemy.

      • Alden

        Fox really should register as a lobbyist for a foreign government What turns me off the most are the numerous blacks in the shows

        I see enough of them when I’m out and about and suffered for decades working with them

        I don’t want to see them on TV

        The new Fox series about the west and Kit Carson Black Bart
        etc is great Best thing about it is no blacks

        • Cid Campeador

          Well I’d rather have Harris Faulkner living next door than Debby Wasserman Meshuggenah Schultz!

  • RaySist27

    Diversity is more important than human lives, at least White lives. Most air travelers in the U.S. are White, so who cares if a few planes crash. At least the FAA has a diversified workforce, that’s the most important thing.

    • jambi19

      “It’s only property.”

      • RaySist27

        Look at the bright side, plane crashes will help make YT a minority sooner 🙂

      • ejXinMI

        You’re referring to the blacks, right?

  • Whitetrashgang

    Best to mount machine guns on every plane now. And perhaps a Koran for the adults, and a porn mag for the kids.

  • D.B. Cooper

    How many times do I have to remind you people that diversity is so important, that it MUST be achieved no matter what the cost? It does NOT matter if a dozen planes crash each month, and thousands of people die in plane crashes, just as long as diversity is achieved among air traffic controllers! Don’t you know that by now? Many deaths, and billions of dollars wasted are “acceptable losses” in the name of the Dogma of Diversity & Multiculturalism.

    • LHathaway

      Just as long as affirmative action females have someone to marry. They prefer those who are worthwhile, those who who hold similar interests to them.

  • GenX Antipodean

    Diversity equates to death in so many ways.

    • Dr. Rieux

      You can’t spell diversity without d-i-e.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    And consider this. If the FAA will lower its standards for ATC what will city governments do (or should I say have done) to other positions, such as police officers, paramedics or teachers.

    • BillMiller66

      Affirmative action means a general lowering of standards across the board. Steven Farron documents this fact in his book Affirmative Action Hoax: Diversity, the Importance of Character, and Other Lies. Let’s say you want to hire 100 people, and that for some crazy reason you value “diversity,” i.e., you want your workforce to reflect the racial demographics of the country. In that case, the truly rational way to achieve it would be to keep the same tests, but then to hire the top scorers from each group. You’d hire 13 blacks, 66 whites, etc., so that the percentage of your workforce would match the racial breakdown of the population at large. The problem with this for the cultural Marxists is obvious in that it requires conceding that not all groups have the same average score on a real objective test of aptitude, so instead they water down the test until it’s little more than a questionnaire. They throw out questions which test cognitive ability since these discriminate against Negroes, and they end up with a test in which, say, 97% of the applicants can pass. Out of this pool of they then select whom they want to hire. They still get to maintain publicly that all job recipients passed a test, and thus maintain the PC lie of racial egalitarianism.

  • Albert

    “The recording was sent to NBCFAE associate members when it became clear some of them were failing the BQ test.”
    My good hell. Some of them were failing on a test with no time limit test, no supervision, and after having been sent a cheat sheet. I wouldn’t hire these people for even the simplest of jobs.

    • Alden

      Those people have filled every government job at every level since 1970

  • Jason Lewis

    Take comfort in knowing that your family going down in a fireball from 30,000 feet is just a offering of sacrifice upon the altar of diversity.

  • Diana Moon Glampers

    I think I am going to buy a boat, because flying is going to get too dangerous.

    • Dr. Rieux

      That slow boat to China will get you there sooner than that express flight on diversity airlines.

  • Truthseeker

    Everywhere “diversity” goes, decline follows.

  • WR_the_realist

    Diversity doesn’t just mean fewer whites. It means crashed airliners.

    • mikey7777

      well actually it’s part of the elimination process,

    • Speedy Steve

      And shoddy factory goods.

  • The pilot of Air Force One should be a diversity hire. Gotta keep things fair.

    • Sick of it

      The Secret Service should be chock full of diversity.

      • Alden

        It already is Go to a few presidential appearances and you can see the secret service
        is full if blacks

        • Dr. Rieux

          It’s why invading the grounds of the YT House is now so easy. Instead of doing their jobs, the Obama look-alikes were in back shooting craps. Millennia of evolution cannot be undone even if big government wills it.

        • Sick of it

          If it were all black, for instance, he would not be breathing. The white guys are keeping him alive. The black guys pose for the media.

  • Tarczan

    If this is fully implemented can you imagine the stress this will put on the qualified white controllers? They will constantly have to cover for D’ Andraius and then when there is a near miss or crash they will be targeted for the blame. The stress will be unreal, wondering when these idiots will cause a crash.

    • listenupbub

      And the job is already stressful enough.

    • mikey7777

      well don’t worry since all blacks saw the greatest pilots and who won WW2 single handed ,THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, all is well.

      • Tarczan

        Dat be true.

      • Speedy Steve

        They had help from the Navajo Code Talkers.

      • pennawhytmn

        Descendants of Egyptian Kings and Queens.

        • adplatt126

          HAHAHAHAHAHA

        • Dr. Rieux

          Well, then, keep them in charge of the flying pyramids their ancestors created. Leave real flight to the grown-ups.

    • I wonder how many they already have.

  • listenupbub

    This article was infuriating.

    Air traffic controllers actually make really good money because of how difficult the job is emotionally. At the same time, it is technically a job that requires only a high school degree, since no special knowledge is needed. That is why these blacks want to force their race into these positions. They are just stupid and greedy, and think they can just take whatever they want, especially when they don’t deserve it.

    • mikey7777

      difficult the job is emotionally. Can’t wait for the chimpouts in the towers

    • pennawhytmn

      But they DO deserve it. Ya know man, “Da leg-c ub da slabery an sheet”

  • jim

    What we are witnessing here is what some of us already warned about: Unqualified AA hires in critical positions whether our lives are at stake or not. Diversity at all costs.

  • slobotnavich

    Unlax and rewind, everybody. The ATC system isn’t going to collapse anytime soon. There’s so much safety and redundancy built into it that it would take an incredible series of mishaps to endanger passengers. True, it’s always possible, but your chances of being killed while driving to the airport are thousands of times greater than being killed in an air-carrier accident. At worst, ATC mishaps normally result in delays and possible late arrivals, but almost never in accidents, or even “incidents.” By far, your greatest danger of croakage in an airliner is from a stroke or heart attack, or more likely, by being beaten to death by a passenger behind you after fully reclining your seatback.

    • John Smith

      Uh, there are numerous close calls every year and it’s getting worse, not better.

      • slobotnavich

        Well, with the dramatic increase in airline travel, what with all the bleedin’ wogs having the temerity to spend their new-found wealth and flying everywhere (as well as buying cars, living in nicer homes, and making all our stuff), there are bound to be more near-misses. But airline travel is still the safest means of traveling known to man, and one’s chances of being killed in an air-crash are so small as to be nearly incalculable. Flying with your typical private pilot, on the other hand, is extremely dangerous. Most are at their greatest skill levels on the day they get their private license and go downhill from there. I have about 5,500 hours in all types of general aviation aircraft (used to deal in them), with single, multi-engine, instrument, and commercial ratings and have flown with more than a few private pilots. Don’t ever accept an invitation to fly with a private pilot unless your life insurance is current and fully paid-up.

        • ejXinMI

          I’ve read that per passenger mile, air travel is no better than by private car.

    • baythoven

      Well then, no prob.
      How about you share this comforting message personally to Matthew Douglas and company?

      • slobotnavich

        Who’s Matthew Douglas?

        • ejXinMI

          A victim of those who “made an historic commitment to transform the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) into a more diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects, understands, and relates to the diverse customers we serve.”

  • texasoysterman

    I’ll tell you what would happen – I’d buy the next round.

  • Who Me?

    This is just another reason (as if we needed MORE) not to fly. I haven’t set foot on an airplane since just before 9/11, and unless some drastic changes occur, I won’t ever be flying again. If I’m 30K feet in the air, I want somebody competent at the controls AND on the ground, thank you very much.

    • libertarian1234

      I had quit flying also, but it was before 9/11.

      The blatant authoritarian attitudes of the disgusting airport personnel raised my hackles, and it’s a good thing I did quit, because it got worse after 9/11. I was flying back and forth between Miami and North Florida about twice a month. I drove after I saw I was going to let my temper get the best of me if I continued.

      The final straw came when a speaker announced over the P.A. system that if all back packs on the floor were not picked up in five minutes they would be confiscated. A security guard was nearby. I said to him, “What’s the deal with having a back pack on the floor?” Then added, “I guess they think one of them might have a bomb in them.”

      The security guy put his finger to his lips to signal to me not to say anything. I asked, “What’s wrong?” He said I’m supposed to arrest anybody if they mention the word “bomb.”

      Great isn’t it? And that was BEFORE 9/11.

      I’m pretty sure I would wind up in jail if I attempted to get through airport security now without being unnecessarily hassled.

      • Who Me?

        “[U]nnecessarily hassled” is the name of the game. Any government that hands the right of it’s citizens to travel unrestrictedly over to a private policing agency (TSA) is a government hell-bent on inducing rage and eventually revolt among said citizens.

        • HE2

          Wear a burka. You will be waved through with a “have a nice day” smile by the gropers.

          • A TSA groper and his accomplice were recently arrested in Denver. He was gay, and his accomplice would flag male passengers he thought looked “cute” when he gave her a signal.

            If I want to be strip-searched, I reckon I’ll just go to jail, instead of paying for the dubious “privilege” of going to an airport.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          White Americans will never revolt. They are cowards. The non-whites won’t revolt because they may lose their free handouts.

      • 3G4Me

        Preach. I, too, quit flying, because I will not tolerate the federal inquisition at the hands of their foreign-born diversity minions, only to then be shoved into far too close proximity with shrieking, stinking diversity onboard.

        • Flying back from Australia for Christmas in 1997, I took a British army 1918 Barr & Stroud optical rangefinder I had bought through Australian security. The old Oz military vet knew right away what it was, and let me through with it as carry-on. Switching planes at LAX, I walked down the concourse there and was accosted by a rent-a-cop who couldn’t speak English, so she got her boss. Yes, it looks like a shoulder-fired rocket launcher, but I demonstrated how it was used. One looks through both eyepieces and turns the knobs until the image comes into focus. The dial then reads the range, so one can accurately direct artillery fire at that range. I had that supervisor take a range on a jetliner out on the taxiway. It’s rather like what a surveyor uses, except very old and painted green.

          United let it ride in the cabin from LAX to Denver after I gave it to the pilot.

          I can not for the life of me imagine that these things have gotten better since the TSA was created.

  • Fog is white, and therefore racist. Obviously, white racism would be to blame. Vapor privilege would need to be examined in special congressional hearings. Anti-whites would clog city streets demanding justice against the great white cloud menace that threatens every sky…

  • John Ambrose

    Also uncovered was an FAA effort to promote diversity that discarded 3,000 qualified college graduates with degrees in air traffic control despite their following FAA procedure and obtaining FAA accredited degrees.

    …and I thought diversity was supposed to be our country’s greatest strength.

  • Augustus3709

    Anybody promoting “diversity” needs to be shamed, harassed, and shunned into oblivion. They are a mad scientist sticking the deadly syringe into our flesh.

  • Capn Dad

    Boy there’s a good idea. The capacity for stupidity in this country can be overwhelming.

  • Capn Dad

    South Africa and Rhodesia diversified and now they’re begging white people to come back and fix the mess the natives created. Yeah

  • IstvanIN

    How does this “The number of different high school sports I participated in was A) 4 or more… B) 3… C) 2… D) 1… E) Didn’t play sports.” ensure you are capable of doing this “There is time speed distance equations that you do in your head, actual control scenarios, games that test your ability to multitask; all skills that are essential to this job.”

    Oh, and do they check with your HS to see if you answered the question correctly?

  • JohnEngelman

    There is no substitute for a high IQ.

    • IstvanIN

      …and honesty.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      One of the problems with high IQ is people believe that high IQ means the person also has common sense. There are many dingbats who have high IQs.

      .

  • Greyhound is looking very, very appealing right now.

    • John Smith

      The stupid negroes hired by the TSA already made it look good, despite of how many freaks take the bus.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      I like Amtrak

      .

      • Speedy Steve

        Where a White gay marriage activist crashed a train. He must have been part of a quota, too.

      • My most enjoyable train trip was from Nanjing to Tienjin in 1987. The locomotive burned coal, for crying out loud, and the toilet involved a hole that led straight down onto the track bed. The coaches were paneled in beautifully varnished wood, and as we chugged along at about 35 mph, the late-summer scenery was very green. Also very flat.

  • libertarian1234

    Why don’t these qualified applicants who had their applications trashed sue the feds for discrimination? I’m not familiar with the discrimination laws but it appears that there have been thousands of qualified white applicants who were wrongly rejected.

    This is bound to be only one of many anti-white policies of this crooked administration I’m certain. They want blacks in roles they’re not qualified for and to hell with qualifications.

    What is even more disgusting is that when the Republicans got control of the white House, in the past, they never attempt to reverse the outrageous bias of those like Carter and Clinton and if they get in this time in 2016 I doubt they’ll reverse the programs and policies this dangerous community organizer has put into play.

    Take the Justice Department for example. All through Bush II’s tenure he didn’t try to eliminate even one of the anti-white racists there, and when Obama took over they were so firmly entrenched they could thumb their noses at white America and have Holder blatantly tell Congress he was working for “his people,” and not one single Republican on the committee challenged him, informing that he was supposed to be AG of all the people and then grilling him on his prejudices.

    I live here, but this is not my country any more. I saw the Russian Victory Day parade a couple of weeks ago and never felt so gratified to see all those white faces as I did this year. And they had some of the prettiest women in the world marching as well. And they weren’t wearing camouflage pants. Their class A uniforms consisted of skirts.

    China and India also had a contingent of their armies marching, and the Chinese premier was there also, indicating the closer military alliances Russia has now formed with China and India, as a result of the gross demonization by the West which caused them to also form economic and financial competition with the World Bank and the IMF via BRICS and AIIB.

    • Alden

      There have been many discrimination lawsuits by Whites
      Whites usualy lose If a White wins he or she might get the job or a settlement

      But the agency is not required to stop discriminating against Whites

      Griggs and Kaiser vs Weber
      ruled that discrimination against Whites is legal and mandatory
      40 years ago
      That is the way it is

      • Dr. Rieux

        Just one reason among many that whites need to move beyond the misconception that their futures lie in what once was one of the world’s greatest countries.

  • MBlanc46

    The elites don’t care if people die, they only care that Negroes are given jobs that they couldn’t get by honest means.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      They only care about Defiling, Degrading, and Destroying the white race. The race they envy so much.

      .

  • De Doc

    That’s just grat. So now there is now way of knowing whether Abdul is maliciously misdirecting air traffic for terrorist effect or just plain incompetent

    • Sick of it

      Incompetence is likely. Have you ever gone to school with a muslim? Not bright people by and large.

      • Speedy Steve

        I knew an interrogator who had to sweat an imam. It would have been easier giving a parrot the third degree. All they can do is quote the koran. The uneducated ones are worse.

      • Teaching laboratory chemistry at UNSW Sydney, the lab was a big one, for four simultaneous classes. One of the other (Iraqi) teachers had one of his student’s experiment catch fire, whereon he ran around screaming for a fire extinguisher. I mosied over, lowered the Erlenmeyer flask from the condenser (the cooling water had never been turned on), and placed an empty beaker upside-down over the flask’s mouth. End of fire, as it had been starved of oxygen. The Iranian teaching one of the other groups was laughing hysterically.

        Use of a fire extinguisher would not only have been completely unnecessary, but would have blown still-burning chemicals and broken glass across the room.

        Fire in a laboratory isn’t scary: idiots are.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Incompetence by the people who create the policy of hiring those terrorists?

  • Spoda Be

    TCAS, baby. It’s the last line of defense against air traffic controller mistakes. It is installed in modern aircraft and constantly scans the path ahead for traffic conflicts. When an imminent conflict is detected it automatically directs one aircraft to climb, descend or maintain altitude while simultaneously directing the other in the opposite direction.

    Currently, ATC professionals seem just that. Professional. Sure, they ~occasionally~ make mistakes, just like the guys with the very front row seats in the aircraft they direct.

    What will really be revealing is if there is an increase in TCAS TA’s (Traffic Advisories warning of potential conflict) or RA’s (Resolution Advisories that actually command aircraft to avoid a conflict) after this potential glut of Affirmative Action hires.

    Again, TCAS, baby.

  • Rossbach

    The Left has turned all of our major institutions into a gigantic racial spoils system. This is corrupting our whole society. However, that is probably the intention. This kind of rot cannot but bring on a general collapse.

  • Rossbach

    The whole incident would be blamed on white racism.

  • zamzow

    The probable reason this FBN article wasn’t spiked is the hostile elites fly all over the place and fear Kwafeefa may pile them up into another jet at 600 mph. While the controlled demolition of the white west is their life’s work, no point in dying too young in a diversity sponsored fireball , when there is so much more to do.

    • Vito Powers

      Excellent point! When the sacred goal of Diversity directly impacts the upper class/elites, they start sounding the alarms.

      All of us should forward the original Fox Business article with a brief comment to our congressman and US Senators. Perhaps even phone in to a radio talk show too.

  • Reynardine

    Excuse me while I invest in automated ATC systems.

  • pennawhytmn

    If the crash truly was caused by bad weather, the obvious underlying reason would be “global warming”. No, now it is “Climate Change”. “White Induced Weather Differential”.

  • Sick of it

    And there you go, the government has been getting rid of perfectly capable and qualified white people just so the government can meet its goal of diversity. Or dieversity in the case. Expect planes to crash more often.

  • American Tax Payer

    “transform”. And what, exactly, are they transforming? White People are the ones who fly the most.. Now here is where Nostradamus is right. ‘Planes falling out of the skies’…

    Paquita Bradley. What is that? A Non-White Stealing White Identity is what. Bradley is Pure White and Paquita is Pure Non-White.

  • John Smith

    What’s as bad or worse is that a lot of foreign workers are hired by companies that the airlines hire as contractors for maintenance work and that most aren’t A&P certified, so long as they have a few Americans who are to watch over dozens of them. I hear experienced machinists bitching about this issue.

    I remember one of these guys was a Syrian muslim who worked for a contractor to TWA, when they were still around, pre-9/11, and was married to some fruitloop convert who worked for my Mom when she still ran her own business. I can only wonder if he’s still in the US, working on our planes and how many others are here like him?

    • American Tax Payer

      WHY would your mom ever keep an employee like that?

      • John Smith

        She was desperate at the time, but the woman was a nut and she left within a couple months, to no one’s disappointment.

        • American Tax Payer

          My husband told me once that, ‘inept hands are better than no hands at all’ but I STRONGLY DISAGREE. It costs you, at a bare minimum, double just to pay for all the mistakes they make.

          • John Smith

            The mistakes could be fixed, so getting product ready was more important. It was two months to look for someone better, because she knew she didn’t want her long-term.

          • American Tax Payer

            I just prefer people who can learn relatively quickly. I don’t mind questions, I prefer questions but, there are only so many different ways you can explain things before you ‘run out of road’ so to speak. I just think time is money and every second wasted on teaching the unteachable is wasteful, that’s all.

            didn’t want long term – That’s a waste too. Training is expensive if you ask me.

            I’m not against your mom or what she did. It’s just, it wouldn’t be my choice. I’d take a “Christian” illegal alien over a muslim if I was that desperate.

          • John Smith

            She was a white American muslim convert who married an Syrian muslim, so that’s probably worse. She cussed like a sailor, FWIW.

          • American Tax Payer

            $12- an hour was good money back then. And yes sir, that is the worse kind, a WHITE convert. Just like that idiot who married the boston bomber muslim.

            I’m surprised she cussed. I didn’t think they were allowed. What does FWIW mean?

          • For What It’s Worth

          • American Tax Payer

            Thank You! I know some acronyms like USDA, ATF, CIA, AMEX and such but that’s it.

          • John Smith

            For What It’s Worth.

          • Tim

            “It`s not the employees you fire who make your life miserable, it`s the ones you don`t…”- Zig Ziglar

    • LHathaway

      There are certainly a lot of them ‘working on your planes’. That’s pretty much why they are here.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Airplane!

  • LHathaway

    “Those who pass are deemed eligible and those who fail are ruled ineligible”.

    Reminds me of Walmart’s initial management test. If you are a White male, you have to have a perfect score in order to get further in the hiring process. Although, I’m guessing during some periods just simply being a White male gets you rejected no matter what.

    • Speedy Steve

      I went to WalMart the other day. The first thing I saw was 3 huge crates of watermelons. The second thing was McDonalds. Then they didn’t carry the poison ivy lotion I needed.

  • Vanga
    • Dr. Rieux

      Absurd rubbish. Government is now run by sociopaths and lunatics.

      • Ohmy!

        I totally agree with you.

      • “Now”?

    • Speedy Steve

      A pop-up of a tubby negress in a swimming pool scared the stuffing out of me. #3 was fascinating:

      3. What has been the major cause of your failures?

      A- Lack of ability

      B- Not trying hard enough

      C- Goals that are too difficult

      D- Bad luck

      E- Some other cause

      The obvious answer to E is racism.

  • Guest

    Equality is not as good as real Quality.

  • Could we simply hope they were all Democrats and RINOs?

  • What would happen? We’d hear paeans from the MSM as to how wonderful the deceased were, 24/7, for at least a month.

  • rightrightright

    I did a temp job at the Civil Aviation Authority in London quite a while back, working in the pensions department. I remember the lists of air traffic controller names and dates of death. An astoundingly high number of these men died in their late thirties and early forties. Heart attack deaths, I would presume from the unrelenting stress.

    Are we to suppose that blacks and browns will prove capable of handling the intensity of concentration required, even allowing for the considerable computer assistance provided today that was not really available back then?

    • Tarczan

      The stress won’t bother them at all.

  • Alden

    Affirmative action in action One thing I’ve noticed with blacks is how easily distracted they
    are
    They get to babbling even just to themselves and they forget to do their job
    Plus they are so loud their noise is annoying and distracting

  • Alden

    Whites would be blamed

  • HE2

    IIRC, an adequate quota number of blacks could not pass the NYFD exams either, thus they were given the tests to take home and study, research the answers, etc.They still flunked. I think they were ultimately just waved on through and hired in spite of their stupidity.

  • Snazzy Snook

    What the hell, they do the same thing for “up and coming” minority doctors …. Would you want a black doctor to operate on your heart or lungs or something vital as that ? No, because they usually get passed along in school and college and get diversified into a hospital, yet they still can’t say the word “ask” the correct way..

    • Tarczan

      Let me axe you somethin’- why that be bothrin’ you?

  • AndrewInterrupted

    You see the same diversity dumb-down drill at federal defense contractors. The use the use the repurposed ‘..Don’t ask/Don’t tell…’

    “Don’t ask us if they’re qualified–and we won’t tell you if they aren’t”. (from Nicholas Stix)

  • BillMiller66

    youtube [dot] com [forward slash] watch?v=VluNye3kjy4

  • Rob

    Thanks to all this so called DIE-versity, we will have more dying.

  • Dr. Rieux

    Ebonics Airlines: Your worst flight, your last flight.

  • Vyncennt

    “to transform the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) into a more diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects, understands, and relates to the diverse customers we serve.”

    Yes, the flying customers always relate to and interact with the air traffic controllers. There is much contact between them. Infallible logic.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    “Millions of Americans are about to fly to summer vacations unaware that
    some of the air traffic controllers guiding their planes may have
    cheated on a key test to get their jobs. {snip}”

    • Air show disaster in Europe, if I recall. The wreckage killed a lot of the spectators.

      • Tim

        It happened the day my Dad sold my 30 year childhood house after the death of my mother and favorite brother. Twenty seven years later I wrote the new family the following letter when they let me do a walk thru after almost three decades. “Taking a deep breath and a long last look out my bedroom window, I walked down the stairs and out the front door without further pause or reflection. Driving to the store I bought a paper to forever comemorate the final closing of the time space portal. That paper is decades gone but I can still recall the headline. It was an event now known to history as the Ramstein Air Show disaster”…

  • Speedy Steve

    Put it this way: I have kin in Georgia and live in VA. It’s 550 miles which I can drive in 10 hours including a stop for gas and a couple of bathroom/food breaks. If I fly it’s an hour and a half to the airport parking lot, another half hour to check in, an hour to go through security and wait, 2 hours’ flight, and a 2 hour van ride to UGA and another 15 minutes to get to their house. Time elapsed 7 1/2 hours or so. Thanks, but I’ll drive. I can take my handgun and whiskey with me.

  • Tony Murphy

    Good that somebody named Shapiro is questioning AA. Maybe he’ a frequent flyer.

  • Ronald Roman

    We are so f#%ked…

  • What an atrocious waste of highly skilled, lethally intelligent manpower.

  • George Moriarty

    Give then the dummy console and make sure the picture is on front of Time magazine.
    Stage 2 of ATC diversity is to get Hollywood have a diversity AT Controller save the world in the next disaster movie.
    Stage 3. Try and keep ATC in the real world by continuing to have qualified personnel but don’t tell anyone about it.

  • Speedy Steve

    Maybe so, but gas is the same value now as it was in the 1920s. One ounce of gold still buys 15 barrels of crude oil. I’m looking to buy an antique which are more difficult to track if you pay cash for gas.

  • HE2

    Not a darkie in the bunch.
    Why has not someone called him on this egregious oversight?