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While our children fit in the age bracket permitted by DH's work for them to go, I would, so long as they were interested in going. Somehow I think they would be bored by 1/2 way through the day though, LOL. He works in a call centre, so all there is for them to do is sit there and possibly listen in on calls (no talking to customers permitted).
I don't see any problem with the kid clearing a (or even many) planes for take off, so long as it was done under the father's direct supervision and instructions. Obviously there were no issues taken by anyone OTHER than the FAA, and seriously, the father was right there, so if something happened, he could have jumped right in. But... if someone left their kid alone in the tower I'd probably take issue, lol.
I agree with both... my kids would be bored in dh's office, but if he did something cool like ATC, they'd love it. I don't think there was anything wrong at JFK. I think the FAA is trying to cover their butts.
Yes, Ty has been to work with DH. I've even been, too! The little ones have not and it is unlikely DH will ever bring them. They are much to active to be in an office all day.
If I was working and they let me, I would totally bring my kids to work. I was a kindergarten teacher.
As far as the child in the air traffic tower, it would concern me. I've read that being an air traffic controller is one of the most stressful jobs in the world. So having a child there might not be conducive to safety. However, from what I read in the article, it seemed that everything was under control and the child or father wasn't doing anything disruptive. I think the FAA was covering their butts, too.
I used to love going on service calls with my Dad. I never spent a full day at his office though, that would probably have been boring. Except that there was a warehouse full of candy behind his office and whenever I visited there he would give me an empty box and let me go fill it up with whatever candy I wanted. How cool is that! Probably led to my chocolate addiction, but anyway...
Neither mine or my husband's job is suitable to bringing kids along. But if it was, I'm sure they'd love to go. But I do think a full day is too long. A couple of hours would be enough.
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My oldest son Goes to work with my husband every now and then. He is in the Navy and currently in an instructor position and my son actually enjoys going for the day.
My husband isn't always able to let our children go to work with him, like when he is attached to a submarine, so when he isn't he enjoys taking advantage of it.
He has taken the kids down to the submarine when he's had to go in to get something or take his bags down before a deployment and the kids LOVE it!
I don't see anything wrong with the air traffic controller taking his kids to work. I'd assume that his work load was probably light compared to a regular day, to compensate for the kids being there. And letting the kids clear a plane or two doesn't concern me, because I don't doubt that they were heavily supervised while doing it. It wouldn't surprise me if the dad first said something to the crew before the children cleared the plane and the media isn't adding that in on the story. I think it's blown out of the water, just like many things in the news today.
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I think the FAA was trying to cover their butts too. I think the whole thing has been taken out of proportion and blown all out of whack! I could see it being a problem if the child was not being supervised, if the kid was running wild, or on there making his own commands to the pilots. I am sure that father knew what his job entails and that all safety precaution needs to be taken to ensure everyone's safety and would have been cautious on what his son was doing. I think the FAA needs to worry more about keeping terrorists off planes instead!