FAA To Start Testing Pilots For Sleep Apnea

(Washington, DC) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is taking steps to make sure overweight pilots and air traffic controllers don't fall asleep on the job. Under new guidelines, they will soon need to be screened for obstructive sleep apnea -- a condition which can lead to daytime sleepiness and jeopardize the safety of passengers. Under the new policy, pilots and controllers with a body mass index of 40 or more will have to be evaluated by a sleep specialist. The FAA hasn't said when the new policy will take effect but it will start with pilots and then move to controllers.