jorge1812
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Tricky Stockholm ATC-tower Question.

Fri Apr 29, 2005 5:39 am

Hello.

Tody there was a radio quiz, which got my attention.
They asked why the air traffic controlers at Stockholm have one ball on each of their wrists?
I couldn't understand the answer, but it must have something to do with the height of the tower (84 meters) and that he's swinging.

But why the balls? Is it to avoid their "Airsickness"?

Hope somebody here knows.

Georg.
 
LAXintl
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RE: Tricky Stockholm ATC-tower Question.

Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:24 am

Since the opening of the new Arlanda tower opened several controllers have complained about motion sickness.

here is a little story o the subject

http://www.office-humour.co.uk/g/i/287/
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jorge1812
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RE: Tricky Stockholm ATC-tower Question.

Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:08 pm

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 1):

Thanks for the link. But doesn't explain the "balls"!

Someone has more info?

Georg.
 
tavve
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RE: Tricky Stockholm ATC-tower Question.

Fri Apr 29, 2005 10:21 pm

I can't see any "balls" on any of the ATC towers...


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jorge1812
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RE: Tricky Stockholm ATC-tower Question.

Sat Apr 30, 2005 5:23 am

Mailed to the airport, maybe they can help.

Georg.
 
jorge1812
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RE: Tricky Stockholm ATC-tower Question.

Thu May 05, 2005 5:06 am

Got an email from Stockholm. Here's the text:
Hello Georg,

thank you for your mail! Sounds like you have a very interesting radio show in Germany!!!

Regarding the answer of the quiz, you are absolutely correct. The small "balls" work as a kind of acupressure, in order to neutralize seasickness. Some controllers in our ATC Tower wear these "balls" when working in hard weather, saying that they help really well, too.

With best regards,

Susanne Rundström
SCAA, Stockholm-Arlanda Airport


Very funny.

Georg.