NTSB Urges Sleep Apnea Screening

The National Transportation Safety Board believes that airline pilots should be screened for sleep apnea, along with truck and bus drivers, train engineers and merchant sailors, the Associated Press reports.

The NTSB cited several incidents involving drivers and pilots with sleep apnea, including one last year when two go! airlines pilots fell asleep for at least 18 minutes and cruised over their destination at Hilo, Hawaii.

The Associated Press cites a study that found that at least 7 percent of Americans have at least some form of sleep apnea.

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