12 secrets only air traffic controllers know
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Airport tower workers rely on their eyes
Without air traffic controllers, airline pilots would be flying blind; here’s what else only an air traffic controller knows.
Air traffic controllers who work in airport towers spend as much time looking out their windows as they do at the radar screen. “In short, we sit staring out of the window a lot,” Dutch air traffic controllers Feike and Carlijn explains on the KLM Airlines blog. “In fact, we can handle more traffic if we can see it directly than if we have to rely on technology.” In bad weather, ATCs can’t see as well, which is why those days can mean delays for passengers.