PALMDALE, Calif. — Officials investigating alleged drug use by air traffic controllers at a regional center here have ordered 38 controllers off their radar screens, union officials said today.
The allegations stem from a sheriff's raid on a party attended by controllers about a month ago, said John Thornton, who is with a union trying to organize controllers nationwide.
The union hasn't heard if the Federal Aviation Administration suspects the controllers of using drugs on duty, Thornton said in a telephone interview from the Washington headquarters of the National Air Traffic Controllers Assn.
FAA officials refused to discuss the investigation, deferring all questions to a news conference scheduled late today.
The investigation began with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department but was handed over to the FAA, Deputy Jim Bauder said.