The jets were as close as 2-1/2 miles apart when an air-traffic controller noticed the potential disaster Monday afternoon.
When the Alaska plane was handed over from the Mexican air traffic center to the Los Angeles one, the air-traffic controller in Palmdale requested the pilot pull up to 27,000 feet.
The air-traffic controller staffing for the swing watch of Aug.
An understaffed control tower at LAX means longer work hours and more duties for fatigued air-traffic controllers, leading to an increased likelihood for serious mistakes on the runway, according to a report by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.
The issue has become so heated that the FAA and the union can't even agree how many employees are working in the LAX tower, which is authorized for up to 47 air-traffic controllers.
Rosendahl said he is concerned that too many new hires are working in the tower, while the number of experienced air-traffic controllers at LAX have diminished.
The plan identifies more than 300 specific tasks for federal agencies to undertake should a pandemic occur, including shifting of air-traffic controllers to the busier hubs and determination of which frontline workers should be the first to receive vaccination.
The air-traffic controllers union is trying to keep the FAA from informing the public about the contract terms it is seeking, the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.
Reagan fired most of the PATCO union's air-traffic controllers
after they went on strike.
FAA officials said the flight plan was transmitted electronically to air-traffic controllers in Havana.
intelligence officials, one of the planes contacted Havana's civilian air-traffic controllers.