Daily Archives: March 7, 2009

An Expert Weighs In On Safety And Pilot Pay

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.

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Airline Apologizes To Passenger Who Threw Fit At Missing Flight

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.