Posted on June 4, 2018

Obama-Era FAA Hiring Rules Place Diversity Ahead of Airline Safety, Attorney Tells Tucker Carlson

Amy Lieu, Fox News, June 2, 2018


The safety of America’s airline passengers is being compromised for the sake of diversity in hiring air traffic controllers, an attorney suing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host Tucker Carlson on Friday.

During the Obama administration, the FAA replaced the previous hiring standards with rules designed to increase diversity among air traffic controllers, attorney Michael Pearson said.

“A group within the FAA, including the human resources function within the FAA — the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees — determined that the workforce was too white,” Pearson told Carlson. “They had a concerted effort through the Department of Transportation in the Obama administration to change that.”

“A group within the FAA … determined that the workforce was too white. They had a concerted effort … in the Obama administration to change that.”

Pearson said there’s no data to support that increasing diversity in the ranks of air traffic controllers would make the flying public safer. Thus, Pearson said, he is suing the FAA for its revised hiring practices.


Pearson, who said he was an air traffic controller in four of the nation’s busiest facilities for nearly 27 years, asserted that much of the problem lies with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), the union that controls a large political action committee.

“They fund a lot of politicians,” Pearson told Carlson.


The FAA declined to send a representative to appear on the program, Carlson said.

[Editor’s Note: The Tucker Carlson video that accompanies the orginal story contains more information about how the FAA selects candidates to trian and hire.]