WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue Aviation flight instructors found a way to show their gratitude to furloughed air traffic controllers Thursday. Students and staff hand-delivered a pizza lunch to controllers in the tower.
The air traffic controllers at Purdue are Federal Aviation Administration employees and are still required to come to work, even without pay.
Flight instructors told us how stressful it can be as an air traffic controller, especially at one of Indiana's busiest airports. They say ATC workers are even more important at an airport like Purdue's, with so many young pilots in the area.
"If they're having an issue, it's the tower controller that's the first point of contact," said Purdue Aviation Grad Student Colin Gifford. "They help calm them down tell them how to land the aircraft. They do a great job for us, so we figured we'd do a nice thing for them and buy some pizza."
Instructors say ATC workers are "life-savers" for all pilots that fly in the area. They hope to see the shutdown resolved soon so the controllers can start getting paid again.