Friday, May 22, 2015

The aFAArmative Action Scandal

So, what happens when even with affirmative action, minorities still fail the qualifications required to become air traffic controllers?

The answer: Some cheat.

The more full answer: As alleged in the story, An officer of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees may have helped them cheat by slipping them the answers to one of the qualification tests.

Doesn't that just give you a warm feeling while flying the friendly skies?

Fox News: America Faces an Acute Shortage of Air Traffic Controllers Known as 'Guardians of the Sky'

Promoting cheating on the test according to the FOX Business investigation is FAA employee and air traffic controller Shelton Snow, an officer of the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees. Charging $50.00 per year, it is one of several organizations which offer membership to people of color and minorities who work for the Federal Aviation Administration. 31-year-old Moranda Reilly, an aviation enthusiast, joined the NBCFAE when her friends told her that as a female applicant, it would help improve her chances of getting hired as an air traffic controller.

She was stunned when she started receiving voice text emailed answers to the BQ test from Shelton Snow.

“I was shocked when I first heard it,” said Moranda Reilly, a member of the of the NBCFAE, Moranda Reilly came forward to share with FOX Business evidence of cheating.

Reilly, 31, is a CTI graduate who holds an aviation degree and a “well qualified” status by her test score of 86 in the difficult and cognitive Air Traffic Selection and Training Exam or AT-SA. Reilly insists that she did not use the answers to the personality test which she failed.

This is terrible for many reasons, one of most important is that unqualified controllers may now be working as air traffic controllers a result of this scheme.

Just as badly, qualified minorities like Ms. Reilly now suffer suspicion that they too may have cheated to get their positions as controllers, when instead they did it on merit alone. They will now suffer enhanced suspicion that they were hired as affirmative action hires for politically correct reasons and not for merit or ability to actually do the job.

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