Air India: Pilots suspended for handing over control to air-hostesses for a 40-minute loo break

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    Air India. We take Team Work to a new level.
     
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    Forty minutes? Did they get sick from Air India food?
     
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    No, apparently it made them tired:

    "He left the cockpit after putting the plane on auto-pilot, leaving the stewardesses to operate the flight by themselves for the next 40 minutes while he and his co-pilot took a nap in business class."

    Those pilots don't just need to be suspended or fired. If the story is accurate, they need to spend a significant time in prison. IMHO.
     
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    That's scary.
     
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  6. :eek:
     
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    Agree, although at least they choose to nap in business class rather than the toilet or coach. Hence they should have been well rested for the remainder of the flight. However, I don't think they'll find jail as comfortable for sleeping.

    Seriously, what were they thinking? And why did the FAs risk their own lives in going along with this?
     
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  8. possibly a cultural issue with the female? FA deferring to the authoritative male pilot
     
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    I was thinking the same, but I would hope that culture would not get in the way of safety. I wouldn't want FAs deferring to pilots or male passengers if an evacuation was necessary.
     
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  10. sure, i don't condone it either, it's crazy stuff, i was just thinking that type of cultural pressure may have contributed to the FA acquiescing, who know's this may be business as usual for them:eek:
     
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    They were probably thinking that since they were in a position of power, they could do whatever they wanted. That, sadly, is something all too common among humanity. Also, cultural issues may have played a role, as noted by GoodBoy.
     
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    I've heard a different story that involved the FO reporting the CA for allowing the flight attendant to handle the controls while the FO was out of the cockpit to use the facilities. As you know the standard is 2 people in the cockpit even when 1 pilot is out. However the flight attendants shouldn't be handling the controls.

    Think the Mumbai Mirror is a tabloid too.
     
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    Not to go OT, but the same could be said for many media outlets (even some that many would consider mainstream and reputable).

    This is going to make me sound biased, but I wouldn't put a great deal of stock in Air India's comments.
     
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    The BBC story sounds like the FAs were punished for being in the cockpit too long.
     

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