VIDEO: Feds Investigate: Kid Directed Air Traffic At JFK!

Mar. 3 2010, Published 3:55 p.m. ET

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A federal investigation is under way at New York's JFK Airport, where recordings reveal a boy (that’s right, a boy!) was allowed to direct air traffic, and has all the shocking details for you.

During the February 17 incident, the boy made five communications with planes at the airport, one of the world's busiest.

One exchange went like this:

"Jet Blue 171, clear for takeoff," the young boy said to the pilot, who said "Clear for takeoff 171," in response.

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"This is what you get, guys, when the kids are out of school," the boy's father said to the pilot, who responded, "Wish I could bring my kid to work."

According to the FAA, only authorized control personnel are permitted to communicate with the pilots.

The agency said in a statement: "Pending the outcome of our investigation, the employees involved in this incident are not controlling air traffic. This behavior is not acceptable and does not demonstrate the kind of professionalism expected from all FAA employees."


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