What It Takes To Be An Air Traffic Controller At The World's Busiest Airport

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Air traffic controllers at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are in charge of 909,431 takeoffs and landings at the world's busiest airport (in a normal year). But the job isn't easy. Not only are lives on the line, but any mistake at Atlanta could cause a ripple effect of delays across the country and the world. Pre-pandemic, Business Insider went up inside America's tallest air traffic control tower to learn what it takes to be one of 58 air traffic controllers here.
Correction: The video incorrectly states that Atlanta tower directed 190,000 flights in 2019. The accurate number is 909,431 flights in 2019.
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What It Takes To Be An Air Traffic Controller At The World's Busiest Airport

  • That’s a job that can be replaced by a.I

    John McCallisterJohn McCallisterPrieš 15 val
  • I wanna say that it would be even better if there were robotic assistant but I just realize how faulty I can get

    MooCalfMooCalfPrieš 15 val
  • Kudos to all ATC around the world.

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  • Talk about hi stress, im greatful for them

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  • contact tower one two tree point five

    Joshua LevinJoshua LevinPrieš 4 dienas
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  • Does the Atlanta airport has frame five runways because I just saw four.

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  • I was stresses just watching this video...

    Slippery DolphinSlippery DolphinPrieš 5 dienų
  • Man this is stressful...

    Elvira JamesElvira JamesPrieš 6 dienų
  • Me: I'm training to be an Air Traffic Controller My friends: ah yes, the guy in the platform with light sticks who tells planes where to park?? 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

    airheadairheadPrieš 6 dienų
  • If you can't work under pressure this career isn't for you

    megamil24 24megamil24 24Prieš 6 dienų
  • Except Atlanta says Dixie instead of delta lol

    Andrew NicholsonAndrew NicholsonPrieš 6 dienų
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    Airline infoAirline infoPrieš 7 dienų
  • Airplane: “Hello, a lot of planes are interfering with our route, would you mind to stop them?” Air Traffic: *working with another airplane’s issues*

    Ly TranLy TranPrieš 7 dienų
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    Keiron BradleyKeiron BradleyPrieš 8 dienų
  • Isn't lateral speration 3 miles? They said aircraft have to 4 miles in trail?

    Gregory BentleyGregory BentleyPrieš 8 dienų
  • And he did this by being Asian. Kids follow your dreams.

    iAllan abolaiAllan abolaPrieš 9 dienų
  • Not as busy anymore with the covid19

    lagadic matthieulagadic matthieuPrieš 9 dienų
  • Just imagen doing this without any computers

    jomjomPrieš 10 dienų
  • Just watch Pushin Tin to get the full picture

    Folarin OsiboduFolarin OsiboduPrieš 10 dienų
  • Mexico’s city airport handles 1000 flights a day and there are only 12 controllers per shift

    Mr FishMr FishPrieš 10 dienų
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  • I never liked the title "Air Traffic Controller"...They don't actually "control" anything. The only person in control of an aircraft is the Pilot. "Air Traffic Coordinator" is a better fit.

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  • Looks easy, hand me a beer, I've got this ... 2 min later .... ✈️🔥🔥🔥😬

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  • But why do they have time to be interviewed?

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  • 0:04 pilots and ATC actually say tree instead of three to distinguish between numbers and other similar words.

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  • I just got stressed out thinking about their job. They deserve even more money.

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  • The systems are so outdated. definitely needs an upgrade.

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  • I really appreciate this video, thank you for uploading it! I haven't taken too much thought into Air Traffic Control and all the working pieces that have to be so precise in order to get a plane to the ground and off the ground (plus needing to have times be as efficient as possible for the sake of many other people's jobs/lives) There should be a holiday for Air Traffic Controllers and other extremely important jobs like it that aren't as recognized. I want these guys to not develop anxiety or health issues. ;;;

    SupaNovaSupaNovaPrieš 11 dienų
  • Hollywood: okay, guys.. a singular ATC controls every plane in a terrorist situation halfway across the country, we know that right?

    Ashitaka 1997Ashitaka 1997Prieš 12 dienų
  • meanwhile we barely get any flights, easier for us

    Jeffrey BakerJeffrey BakerPrieš 12 dienų
  • this is theairport that is in my state and the only one my family uses and when heard its the busiest in the world i was suprized

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  • “The world busiest airport “ ... have you ever been to JFK? Or LaGuardia?

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  • Gosh, I'm stressed just listening to this... I'm glad that there are people who are able to perform this job. Awesome!!!

    John ArnoldJohn ArnoldPrieš 13 dienų
  • 1:37 is he a filipino..

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  • So there is no anti fog/anti condensation glass or some technology?????

    NihcasNihcasPrieš 14 dienų
  • i remember i made a trip to Georgia earlier this year and this airport was my arrival and departure airport and i was just so amazed by how BIG and how CRAZY BUSY it was

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  • 🌏🌎🌍🙏🏼

    Chiru RajuChiru RajuPrieš 14 dienų
  • Wow, they're still using _paper strips_ instead of an all-electronic system?!

    Ice KarmaIce KarmaPrieš 14 dienų
  • I am a pilot and I am so glad that controllers are finally getting their glory. We truly couldn't operate without them.

    Lafoka 555Lafoka 555Prieš 14 dienų
  • Taxiway "Dixie" WTF. D is DELTA. I don't even want to know what they say for N down there.

    mdo686mdo686Prieš 14 dienų
    • @mdo686 Go ahead, tell experienced controllers how they should work. Phraseology is about efficiency and intelligibility and has no place for your political correctness. Try controlling ground with four runways with half the planes having a similar callsign and appearance. Atlanta is a Delta Airlines base, not other airports. Add the D taxiways, the potential german registrations, and any monitoring pilot hearing "Delta" on frequency might think they're being called by the controller. In short, stop trying to act smart. Everyone know it's usually "Delta", you're not teaching anyone anything.

      San AntonioSan AntonioPrieš 13 dienų
    • @San Antonio Because they want to remind themselves of their traitorous history? Oh I see you're saying Delta Airlines pilots are too stupid to tell the difference between their call sign and a taxiway......yet they somehow manage at every other airport in the world?

      mdo686mdo686Prieš 13 dienų
    • Try to connect the few neurons of your brain that haven't yet melted because of political correctness and figure out why they don't say "Delta" for D in a certain airline's main base.

      San AntonioSan AntonioPrieš 13 dienų
  • I HATE the background music!!

    Keli LKeli LPrieš 14 dienų
  • A London underground tube driver gets paid around the same if not more than these fellas. And all they do is press buttons and know how to brake on time...pay these air traffic controllers more!

    Vin NayarVin NayarPrieš 14 dienų
  • Sounds like a job that should be automated with only human supervision

    William LeeWilliam LeePrieš 14 dienų
  • These guys are hero’s that don’t wear capes, imagine controlling 30 planes at once and if you mess one up you could kill people, they deserve the money they get.

    Aeld AllkushiAeld AllkushiPrieš 14 dienų
    • I could never work a job with so much responsibility and pressure.

      Bradley WattsBradley WattsPrieš 3 dienas
  • I would have a breakdown. I would burst into tears and just give up. Props to these people.

    HuzzzerHuzzzerPrieš 15 dienų
  • I’m surprised that the control tower isnt fully or even highly automated.

    Clone TrooperClone TrooperPrieš 15 dienų
    • The video kinda simplifies the job. There is alot of unpredictability especially when pilots dont know what your asking or when they have to deviate for some reason.

      VentureVenturePrieš 14 dienų
  • 👏👏👏

    Leslie OwensLeslie OwensPrieš 15 dienų
  • the woman's voice , is just like the actress Toni Gonzaga in the Philippines 😊

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    • Her name is ReignBot on youtube.

      riuriuPrieš 15 dienų
  • These guys are awesome. Y'all heard about the ATC in Indonesia who was the last person to leave the tower during an earthquake to make sure the last airplane took off safely? He died right after that.

    EEPrieš 15 dienų
  • UU

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  • Nice

    Hussain ShahHussain ShahPrieš 16 dienų
  • I couldn’t do it. It’s too much.

    No NameNo NamePrieš 16 dienų
  • Respect for them

    Ahsan AhamedAhsan AhamedPrieš 16 dienų
  • Seeing the title: 🤔 15 seconds in: 😯 30 seconds in: 🤯

    The Original A CastThe Original A CastPrieš 16 dienų
  • Actually The Busiest/Biggest Airport In The US Is Chicago Ohair Airport Theres Actually A Documentary On It On Netflix.

    WKeyCamWKeyCamPrieš 16 dienų
  • I like how every person in that tower has a loop earring, anyone else see that?

    Jaxel_One Jaxel_OneJaxel_One Jaxel_OnePrieš 16 dienų
  • Amazing video!!!! Now i know what the strips are used for

    Nicholas G.Nicholas G.Prieš 16 dienų
  • is this even possible without adderall

    Alexcis WinterpissAlexcis WinterpissPrieš 16 dienų
  • 666k views... nice

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  • what is with the HAIR??? LOL

    Dave BlaneDave BlanePrieš 17 dienų
  • Still busy?

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    brad ainsworthbrad ainsworthPrieš 17 dienų
  • Wow 😳 omg 😱 lol learn something new everyday

    Mean VecktorMean VecktorPrieš 17 dienų
  • 4:47 that cowboy phraseology. Lol

    Kelsey BurrKelsey BurrPrieš 17 dienų
  • This man has the vocal chords of Donald Trump

    Mitchell FoxMitchell FoxPrieš 17 dienų
  • seriously $145K?? they are not paid enough

    Alaeddin DhahriAlaeddin DhahriPrieš 17 dienų
    • Don't worry. With holiday, Sunday, night pay, etc plus some over time, controllers at the biggest facilities make 250k-350k

      Kelsey BurrKelsey BurrPrieš 17 dienų
  • Why is one of the busiest airports in the world still using poster strips? Even the not so busy airports in the UK use electronic strips, they are so much easier once you get used to them

    Ben RodgersBen RodgersPrieš 17 dienų
    • @Kelsey Burr yeah true, either way 900,000 movements a year is crazy

      Ben RodgersBen RodgersPrieš 17 dienų
    • @Ben Rodgers they probably just don't like the change.

      Kelsey BurrKelsey BurrPrieš 17 dienų
    • @Kelsey Burr thats fair enough, I’ve used both and although it was weird at first I definitely prefer electronic

      Ben RodgersBen RodgersPrieš 17 dienų
    • The controllers said no. They like physical reminders. A lot of the mid-tier facilities use electronic ones.

      Kelsey BurrKelsey BurrPrieš 17 dienų
  • Air traffic is so different in the US to here in the UK, must be hard for pilots flying between both

    Ben RodgersBen RodgersPrieš 17 dienų
    • Luckily the general idea is the same thanks to ICAO

      Kelsey BurrKelsey BurrPrieš 17 dienų
  • That boss needs a haircut

    Dooriel Fisheries LimitedDooriel Fisheries LimitedPrieš 17 dienų
    • He's Native American, that's a part of his identity.

      San AntonioSan AntonioPrieš 15 dienų
  • "Atlanta tower navy 1 holding short of dixie" "What was the aircraft that had a fetish with saying the word dixie"

    Kolby ClaxtonKolby ClaxtonPrieš 17 dienų
  • The Invisibility Elite of caring the Sky safety.

    Ulysses LeeUlysses LeePrieš 17 dienų
  • TIL the air traffic controller from Die Hard 2 (actor Fred Thompson) ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 trend.financesheff.site/today-i-learned/til-the-air-traffic-controller-from-die-hard-2-actor-fred-thompson-ran-for-the-republican-presidential-nomination-in-2008/

    Steroid SpSteroid SpPrieš 18 dienų
  • AI. AI. AI. It's here and it will take over.... Less than 20 years half those guys will not be needed.

    Joe BlackJoe BlackPrieš 18 dienų
    • Bullshit. If AI were to replace anyone, it would be pilots before ATC.

      San AntonioSan AntonioPrieš 15 dienų
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    The LionThe LionPrieš 18 dienų
  • 9/11 was an inside job

    Official DRIVER StudiosOfficial DRIVER StudiosPrieš 18 dienų
  • Wow. I have absolutely no desire to do this job. I don't want the responsibility. No way.

    SunnchildeSunnchildePrieš 18 dienų
  • I used to be a flight student at a class Charlie airport (for non aviators, it means not as busy as a bravo like Atlanta. Think smaller airports like Midway instead of Chicago O’Hare). And I was overwhelmed there. JFC

    Carly McDonaldCarly McDonaldPrieš 18 dienų
  • Frankly, this looks like childs play compared to London Gatwick.

    Miles HarrisonMiles HarrisonPrieš 18 dienų
    • @abhishek cs ATL manages just over twice as many passengers on FIVE times as many runways. Managing traffic with that amount of runways is pretty easy. You desginate certain runways for take off or landing ops only. Single runway airports don't have that option.

      Miles HarrisonMiles HarrisonPrieš 14 dienų
    • Hartsfield Jackson is waaaay busier than Gatwick

      James WilkinsJames WilkinsPrieš 15 dienų
    • lol man...gatwick isnt even close to atlanta and it is far behind Changi and Haneda airports.

      abhishek csabhishek csPrieš 15 dienų
  • That plane is werid

    Nico St. AngelNico St. AngelPrieš 18 dienų
  • Underrated Job profession !!

    P45P45Prieš 18 dienų
  • ATL is my fav city and I all of a sudden I want to do this job. But I can’t even remember 1 thing😭

    Dharav ShuklaDharav ShuklaPrieš 18 dienų
  • It's Atlanta ??? I thought it was .. 60666!! That's Ohares zip code !!

    I HI HPrieš 18 dienų