Bill Shuster

FAA is turning to social media to hire 1,400 new air traffic controllers

FAA is turning to social media to hire 1,400 new air traffic controllers

When you need to hire hundreds of tech-savvy millennials, it only makes sense that you recruit on social media.

That is what the Federal Aviation Administration has done to try to hire 1,400 air traffic controllers to replace hundreds of workers who were hired after the 1981 air traffic controller’s strike and are now reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56.

The number of fully certified controllers, just over 10,600, is the lowest in 27 years.  Many of those controllers are working six-day weeks to keep up with the workload, according to congressional reports.

More than 29,000 people have already applied for the 1,400 positions, which were...

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