I just read, a few days late, another incisive Ask the Pilot column by Patrick Smith at salon.com. He analyzes the testimony of U.S. Airways pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger before a congressional committee and explores the question of how pilot pay is affecting airline safety. Smith argues convincingly that this is a problem for the regional carriers more than the major airlines. This echoes a comment another pilot left on this blog recently. If you’re interested, and you should be if you fly commercially, read them. They know what they’re talking about.
Cathay Pacific has apologized to the woman whose tantrum over missing a flight from Hong Kong was captured on video and became a YouTube sensation. Let’s run that video again and ask who ought to apologize:
The unidentified passenger has complained to the airline that the video embarrassed her. I’m thinking it was her behavior that embarrassed her. The video just spread it around.