Erie Air Traffic Controllers to be Replaced by Guy with Binoculars
The Erie Regional Airport Authority has reached a compromise with the FAA to keep air traffic control in local hands, after a plan was announced to take away all Erie-based air traffic controllers and move operations to Buffalo.
The authority has announced the hiring of “Ted”, who will be stationed on the tarmac and will visually track planes landing and departing. Ted will be equipped with a pair of binoculars and a walkie-talkie. Addressing concerns that a pair of binoculars will not be sufficient to see the planes, Ted replied “I have also been issued a step-stool, which will assist in identifying planes at higher altitudes.”
When asked if passenger safety will be compromised, an official with the authority who chose to remain anonymous responded, “Oh, yes.”
The authority is still unsure of what the procedure will be when Ted is on vacation.