Employees at the Kennedy Airport air-traffic control tower are under federal investigation for apparently allowing a school-age kid to give directions to pilots.
The youngster, seemingly under adult supervision, makes five transmissions to amused pilots on a tape obtained by Channel 26 in Boston and confirmed as genuine by the Federal Aviation Authority.
One exchange went like this:
JFK TOWER: JetBlue 171 contact departure
PILOT: Over to departure JetBlue 171, awesome job.
A male voice then comes on with a laugh.
JFK TOWER: That’s what you get, guys, when the kids are out of school.
Later, the kid clears another pilot for takeoff and says, “Adios, amigo.” The pilot responds with the same wish.