I find it frightening that the FAA is not being transparent on the cause of her behavior. I think the flying public has a right to know the truth as thousands of lives were at risk under her guidance.
I haven't chimed in on this yet given the lack of evidence and abundance of rumor, but this post of yours has quite a lot to unpack.
There will certainly be an investigation, but ultimately this is an administrative matter, so the controller has a right to privacy. This is the case in the public or private sector, so this should be no exception. Another user said that the public doesn't have the right to be fully informed, and I would agree. The public would have a right to know if a systemic safety issue existed, but this is most certainly an isolated incident. I'm not saying the public shouldn't know, but I am saying that the public shouldn't be informed until an investigation has been competed.
I also find it amazing as to how many commenters has dismissed her behavior as not related to drugs or alcohol. I listened to most of the tape, and she clearly sounded wasted. She actually sounded like my wife after drinking 1 and 1/2 bottles of wine. The same slurring and mumbling speech. We have a lot of drugs and alcoholism in our country, and she is based in LAS, the land of sin, lots a drinking.....lots of naive people out there. How hard is this scenario so hard to figure out?
I mean no offense by this, but are you medically qualified to distinguish the difference between someone who is intoxicated and someone having a CVA/TIA? I'm a former paramedic, and my first instinct from hearing the tapes was that she was having a stroke. I don't think most people without medical backgrounds could differentiate the two with such certainty. Whether that was the case or not, it's a pretty bold assertion to say that she "clearly sounded wasted" in the absence of publicly available evidence. Unless you have the medical background to speak from experience, I don't believe you should be accusing people of being naïve.
I am also am disappointed that not one pilot took charge and called the authorities and or ambulance as soon as possible when they realized she was “out of service “ ....shows such lack of leadership. This is a very disturbing ATC audio indicating a very incoherent controller.
Firstly, this was a very unusual situation. I'm not aware of any part of the FAR/AIM that recommends a course of action if a controller becomes incapacitated. Secondly, most of these aircraft were on the ground. Granted I don't work in a tower, but there isn't a huge level of urgency when it comes to taxiing. Yes, runway crossing clearances can be dangerous, but pilots always check to ensure the runway is clear before crossing. My point is that there are times when pilots fail, and there are times when controllers fail, but safeguards exist which nearly always prevent both from failing. It would appear that many of the pilots were attempting to contact company or the ramp to advise them of the situation, which is really all that could realistically be done. If your expectation of leadership would have been for one of them to step up and start issuing control instructions, that's not realistic.
Absolutely. The folks who thought she'd been terminated give way too much credit to the government, because things just don't move that fast! Presumably she was in a resign or eventually be fired situation, but being fired for cause is a very lengthy process.
I lament the fact that this situation has brought this woman's career to a very abrupt and public end. Regardless of whether the situation was of her own making or not, I don't think most people realize the effort and sacrifice that the career requires. Ultimately, this isn't the way that anyone wants or imagines their career coming to an end. I am not excusing her actions if this was of her own making, but it's still a sad situation nonetheless.