Monday, December 11, 2006

"Racist" to Speak English in Texas

English is the international language of aviation. All pilots have to understand English so they can understand control-tower instructions -- which are also all in English (or supposed to be).

Extending that policy to all employees at a Texas airport got shot down as "racist", however:

"A short-lived policy in Austin's aviation department that would have required airport employees to pass an English proficiency test to keep their jobs was rescinded Friday.

Aviation director Jim Smith told employees in a Nov. 30 memo that the ability to read, write and speak English is essential to safety, security and customer service at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport."


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