The FAA gives us our own headsets (refurbished ones of course). Most of us use the Plantronics H31CD with the pink bippee and the push to talk that sometimes gets referred to as the "pickle".
With that being said at my previous facility when it was slow we would all use a handset that looks like a telephone and put the comms going through a loud speaker to hear the pilots. Those things were rarely cleaned and gross but it was nice because you could walk around the tower or radar room and not be plugged in. I moved to a new facility right before covid happened so I'm not sure what guidance was put out regarding "communal items". Also keyboards were not for the faint of heart either if someone was snacking on some Cheetos or Buffalo Wild Wings before you took the position. Wipe everything down!!!
We still use the handsets, especially these days with decreased traffic counts. Everything is kept pretty clean now, which is a nice change. It always grossed me out to see someone lick every finger, then reach out for the trackball
may as well just lick the damn keyboard while you're at it. At least people are trying to be cleaner these days, but who knows if it'll stick.
A few years ago at LAS some pilots had interesting "repartee" with a seemingly intoxicated controller. What ever happened with that?
That was actually less than two years ago, but given that 2020 has lasted for several years already, "a few years" is an accurate description. The controller resigned about a week after the incident. I heard some rumors about what occurred, but it's not something I'm going to share. I'm sure you could make some educated guesses and you'd likely be on the right track.
It’s a shame live atc doesn’t have better feeds for ZTL and A80. I’ve tried to get them to but so far nothing.
I'm not really sure how LiveATC works or how they decide what frequencies are hosted. I just know that none of my sectors are on there anymore. I can't imagine the center frequencies are all that popular.