Asked in Industries and Professions
What is the job title of those guys that direct air craft around on the ground?
September 04, 2007 1:00PM
They are called Air Traffic Controllers.
National Air Traffic Controllers Association - http://www.natca.org/
What is an Air Traffic Controller? - http://www.natca.org/about/whatatc.msp
FAQ's - http://www.natca.net/natca/faq.msp
Well yes, ATCs guide the aircraft, mostly in the air, but also on the ground by commands over the radio or whatever, but I think the original poster meant the guys who physically direct the aircraft with glowing batons etc.
I believe these are officially known as Aircraft Attendants, but informally as Batmen (and Batwomen, I suppose). The name comes from the long-ago time when they would use things like oversize table-tennis bats to convey their instructions.