Outrageous Headline of the Day
Today, on Times Warner Cable News: Pilot Caught on Camera Texting During Takeoff
Looks bad, right? Except…how the heck could a passenger even see the pilot, let alone get video of the cockpit showing the pilot texting and checking twitter?
Well, let’s watch the video.
The pilot was a passenger.
He was apparently seated halfway down the plane, texting during the take-off roll.
The person filming told Charlotte news that he was worried about the plane’s safety and that he reported the incident to American Airlines.
American Airlines spokeperson managed to keep a straight face as he explained that the jump-seating pilot did not fly for them but works for another airline, with which AA have an agreement to transport crew members.
Man-from-Charlotte justified his complaint in the letter he wrote to the CEO of the American Airlines.
I am sure he is a good pilot, but even a small lapse in judgment in his profession can get people killed, and it bothers me that he can so casually disregard FAA regulations in the public view. I fear what he may be doing in the cockpit that could jeopardize passenger safety.
Goodness me, what other terrible things might the pilot do? I bet he’s the type to unbuckle his seatbelt before the aircraft comes to a complete halt, too. Maybe even open the overhead compartment.
Obviously Man-from-Charlotte must have known the pilot was off-duty, him sitting in the back and all, which makes me wonder if he reports everyone who uses their phone after the door is shut. I can’t think what American Airlines would do with such reports on every flight so I’ll assume it was just the one passenger.
To be fair, the pilot was in uniform. It is, quite frankly, bad form. As a representative of the flying community, it would be nice if he didn’t completely ignore the cabin crew when they are trying to speak to their passengers, let alone break the rules. I’m sure his airline will have something to say about it.
But really, this is not news.