Now here’s a story about a guy who took the term “disgruntled worker” to a whole new level.
Apparently a contractor working at an FAA facility managed to single-handedly take down all air traffic into and out of the Chicago area while on his smoke break.
The man was reportedly upset about the fact that he was (after eight years of loyal service to his company) facing a transfer to Hawaii, of all places. Now why he would get his panties in a bunch over exchanging miserably cold, icy and snowy winters for say, 80-degree sunny weather for the next few years is beyond me. Evidently he must have skipped his geography class while in school, because he couldn’t possibly have understood what a deal he was about to get.
The man supposedly posted on Facebook what he was about to do before going to work armed with gasoline, a cigarette, wire cutters and a copy of “Mein Kampf.” A relative on his computer at home who was busy unfriending someone on his account spotted the post and alerted police. And you thought people viewing Facebook accounts were lazy good-for-nothings, had no life and were all never going to amount to anything?
When police and firefighters responded to the scene there was predictably smoke, fire, overturned coffee cups, unfinished Sudoku puzzles and two legs sticking out from under a table. Those belonged to (as you probably already guessed) the perpetrator, who was trying to slit his own throat. He is being treated at a hospital for burns and will be scheduled to have his head examined for good measure.
He managed to damage the center enough to cause massive flight cancellations, delays and also helped restaurants and bars at Chicago area Midway and O’Hare International Airports to post record sales of booze, food and Tums to stranded passengers cooling their heals.
Some travelers reportedly were astounded that the national airspace system could be so severely impacted by a single individual. And I am still trying to figure out how a single individual like Kim Kardashian can so severely impact the public’s ability to get real news on major news networks.
The act of this lone wolf managed to snarl air traffic for days in the Midwest, which was actually business as usual given the state of the air traffic control system. But at least for a couple of days they could blame the problems on someone else for a change.
And these delays were really bad. How bad? Well, let’s just say that for at least a couple of days Amtrak could claim a better on-time service than the airlines. That’s one for the history books.
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