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Last Updated: Thursday March 04 2010 12:02 GMT

Boy directs planes at busy airport

The control tower at JFK airport

Boy directs planes at New York airport

A boy in America could be in trouble after his dad let him direct planes at one of America's busiest airports.

The dad works as an air traffic controller at New York's JFK airport and it's his job to make sure planes take off and land safely.

But airport officials are shocked that he let his son chat to pilots moments before take-off.

They're now checking whether this broke safety rules.

The boy spoke to lots of different pilots and the conversations he had with them were all recorded on tape.

In one chat with a pilot, the boy is heard saying: "JetBlue 171 contact departure." The pilot responds: "Over to departure JetBlue 171, awesome job."

Not at school

This happened when kids in New York were on a week-long break and it's why the boy was with his dad at the airport where he works.

The people who look after airport safety, The Federal Aviation Administration, said; "This behaviour is not acceptable and does not demonstrate the kind of professionalism expected from all FAA employees."