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According to a government-sponsored report, Air traffic controllers are at greater risk for fatigue, errors and accidents because they work schedules known as “rattlers” that make it likely they’ll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts. Three years after a series of incidents in which controllers were found to be sleeping on the job, a National Research Council report released Friday expressed astonishment that the FAA still permits controllers to work schedules that cram five work shifts into four 24-hour periods.



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