Tower Bugged At Palm Beach
First it was the pigeons, cooing and roosting and making a smelly mess of the tower at Palm Beach International Airport. But when the pigeons were banished, the tiny mites that feed on them got hungry, and discovered 38 warm-blooded controllers right downstairs. "When they're crawling on you, and you can't see them, it kind of gives you the heebie-jeebies," controller Douglas Faucher told the Sun-Sentinel. "We don't need the distraction when we're trying to perform our duties." The tiny mites, as wide as the period at the end of this sentence, are practically invisible, but they bite ... and then there's the pesticides. Noxious fumes from a pesticide mix used last week in an attempt to kill the mites brought complaints from woozy controllers and after 30 days of battling the plagues, the FAA has brought in a temporary tower to host the workers while the place gets thoroughly cleaned and aired out.