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U.S. Air Traffic Controllers Working Without Pay Surprised By Pizza Delivery From Their Canadian Counterparts

Level Up July, 24, 2024

The work of the air traffic controllers in the United States is currently happening without pay due to the partial government shutdown. This shutdown started on December 22 and the controllers had their first unpaid payday on Jan 11. We all are definitely sad hearing about this situation. We respect the dedication of these essential employees within the US Federal Aviation Administration who are making sure the continued operation of Air traffic control.

The Canadian Air Traffic Control Association had known the situation and wanted to help the controllers in America with whatever is possible from their side as told by Peter Duffey, president of CATCA. The CATCA’s control center in Edmonton, Alberta came up with an idea to extend some help to their American counterparts. The idea was to send pizzas to the controllers in Anchorage, Alaska as their units are really close and have regular interaction.

This idea spread to all other units in no time along the border in Canada. They started sending pizzas to the controllers they share airspace with. This act of kindness was well appreciated by the controllers in America and they have expressed gratitude to all the Canadian controllers. The pilots in America made good use of the radio communication and thanked the Canadian air traffic controllers on behalf of their American colleagues by checking in to the Canadian airspace.

This kind gesture has us wondering how the smallest of things bring great happiness. What really matters is the thought behind such kind acts! This is what the president of CATCA had to say about this pleasant situation. We hope such gestures continue to exist in the future of this world.

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