Innovative online platform, ATC Memes, helping air traffic controllers to express their plight using satire and comedy
ATC Memes has grown over the years to become one of the most popular online communities for air traffic controllers and other individuals in the aviation industry. Launched in 2014, ATC Memes has grown to a following of over 400,000 people across Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter in over 100 countries across the world. The popularity of ATC Memes has grown significantly in recent times, no thanks to the US Government shutdown that has led to all of the US air traffic controllers working without pay; at least for now. ATC Memes stated as an online platform designed as an entertainment page to provide air traffic controllers and other such persons the ability to unwind and laugh using references to their own extremely niche industry. However, now, it’s being used as one of the most popular platforms to communicate concerns amongst the workforce.
The US Government shutdown has stretched into the third week and is currently the second-longest in the history of the United States. The current shutdown affects over 800,000 federal workers in nine different departments and federal agencies. Some of the affected departments are Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation, and Treasury. It is required for federal workers deemed “essential” to work without pay while others are placed on temporary leave. Unfortunately, one of the majorly hit employees who fall under the “essential” category are those in charge of air traffic control.
The shutdown has led to employees of the Federal Aviation Administration remaining unpaid while being obligated to report to work and perform their job. This can be frustrating and discouraging, to say the least. However, the employees are unwavering in the delivery of their duties and have been using different platforms to express their concern, one of which is ATC Memes.
ATC Memes offers employees in the industry an opportunity to freely talk about the happenings in the industry, particularly in the wake of the government shutdown. By using comedy, some of the otherwise uncomfortable discussions become more palatable. ATC Memes has comprehensive online coverage as it is available across several social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram. This is in addition to its blog that has become increasingly popular in recent times.
More information about ATC Memes and the latest news and concerns of workers in the aviation industry can be found here – https://atcmemes.com/.
Radar Contact is an offshoot of ATC Memes, an online store designed by aviation professionals with a passion for making people laugh.