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Miami Air Traffic Controller Falls Asleep On The Job

WASHINGTON (AP) The Federal Aviation Administration is acknowledging that it has a widespread problem with air traffic controller fatigue after learning that another controller fell asleep on duty.

As a result, the FAA says it will change air traffic control work schedules.

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says the agency knows it needs to do more, saying the work schedule change is "just the beginning."

On Monday, Babbitt and the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association will begin visiting air traffic control facilities to hear what controllers have to say and to remind them that sleeping on the job won't be tolerated.

The latest sleeping incident -- the fifth to be disclosed by FAA since late March -- occurred early Saturday morning at a busy regional radar facility in Miami.

Babbitt says the changes to controllers' schedules will be implemented within 72 hours.

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