In solidarity with their American counterparts, Canadian air traffic controllers are pizzas for US-based control centers that are working without pay due to the government shutdown.
There are few jobs in this world that you literally can’t walk away from under penalty of law. One of them just so happens to be air traffic controller, as without someone keeping on eye on the skies we’d have planes fallout of out the upper atmosphere and crashing into every metropolis in the country.
However, there’s also a government shutdown going on. This hurts a lot of people, but it doubly hurts air traffic controllers since not only can’t they just not go into work, they also have to work without pay.
Now, we’re not going to get into the unbelievably horrible reasons why the United States government has ground to a halt, but we are going to say it’s absolutely awful that these hard-working men and women not only have to worry about keeping planes in the sky, they also have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from.
Nobody expected that next meal to come from Canada.
Last week, air traffic controllers from across the US came into work and received a surprise from their Canadian counterparts. The Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA) sent hundreds of pizzas to American air traffic control centers from coast to coast in a show of solidarity with their hard-working US brethren.
It all started with a post on the Air Traffic Controller subreddit. According to the CBC, former air traffic controller David Lombardo spotted pictures being posted from the Long Island Air Traffic Control Center in New York about a surprise pizza gift that was sent from their counterparts in Gander, Newfoundland (YQX), and Moncton, New Brunswick (YQM).
The pizzas arrived on January 11th at around 6 PM. And these weren’t from your cheap pizza chains--they were from Gino's of Ronkonkoma, one of the best pizza joints in Long Island. In all, 32 pizzas were sent with a variety of toppings to suit the varied tastes of air traffic controllers.
Since then, more Reddit posts kept popping. Over 35 traffic centers were sent the gift of pizza courtesy of their Canadian partners, with the message that they hope the government shutdown ends soon.