Black union lobbied for new air traffic controller test, then helped its members cheat on it

DCNFJulia Cohen, DCNF


The National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE) helped its members cheat on the examination to apply for a position as an air traffic controller, according to a 2016 Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General report obtained by “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

During a teleconference, NBCFAE explained to members how to answer questions in the application for hiring air traffic controllers. “According to [redacted] the members told [redacted] some of the questions they posed were either taken from the… test or were questions they were told were on the test,” the report stated.

Witnesses told investigators that they were told what answers to mark in order to pass the test.

The NBCFAE previously lobbied for the biographical test in order to increase diversity among air traffic controllers. The test that was created as a result of these efforts resulted in penalizing individuals with aviation experience, aviation attorney Michael Pearson told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Tuesday.

“It’s not a screening test. It actually turned out the scoring group could actually penalize people with aviation experience — pilots, air traffic controllers. And then to make it worse, they had folks stand in line for this test, that somebody in the NBCFAE had apparently got the answers to and coached other people how to pass the test,” Pearson said in the Tuesday interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

The Office of Inspector General did not choose to pursue criminal charges against those who helped NBCFAE members cheat, Pearson said in the same Tuesday interview, despite cheating on a federal employment examination being a federal crime.

NBCFAE did not respond to a request for comment.

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