Since 1995, the Federal Aviation Administration hired air traffic controllers who graduated from accredited degree programs and passed its computer-based peer reviewed aptitude examination with flying colors. The FAA created the program to ensure that applicants had the necessary training and skills to succeed. As the air traffic controller’s union (NATCA) President stated in 2007:
“The FAA’s massive recruiting effort, despite its cheerful talking points and rosy public statements, has angered students who were told to go through the CTI program to get hired at a cost of thousands of dollars,” National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Patrick Forrey said. “Our fear is that those great schools will lose their students if they can get hired by simply applying online or at a local job fair. This is a serious problem because CTI students come to the agency armed with the experience needed to comfortably fit into the incredibly demanding on-the-job training program at their first air traffic control facility, greatly increasing their chances of successfully becoming a fully certified controller.”
In 2014, the FAA abandoned the CTI program and “purged” a list of thousands of qualified individuals, including military veterans and Collegiate Training Institute School graduates, that were screened and ready for hire to increase the racial diversity of air traffic controllers.
For background and updates see the following videos:
May 20, 2015 FOX News- Adam Shapiro - "Trouble in the Skies" (FAA Discrimination and Cheating by NBCFAE)
June 1, 2018 FOX News- Tucker Carlson Show (FAA Discrimination)
June 4, 2018 FOX News- Tucker Carlson Show (FAA Discrimination and Covering Up Cheating)
June 6, 2018 FOX News- Tucker Carlson Show (FAA Discrimination House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo)
June 12, 2018 FOX News- Tucker Carlson Show (FAA Discrimination, Cheating and DOT Coverup)
This case is currently being litigated in the DC District Court.