nope, nope, nope. Wallace got it right on, and I'd be pissed, too. The plane lost the engine one hour out. The only question here, to me, would be: Okay... Where do we land? The airliner took a risk to not go back. Then, the most logical 2nd choice would have to be: Where is the nearest airport ahead? Anything beyond that, again to me, is taking unnecessary and unacceptable risk.
Not during bankruptcies where salaries got cut +-30%. And, Donna... Yes, it is all so romantic! You barely have time to rest and get ready for your next flight. Who cares where you are?! It is all the same to us since mostly all we get to see is the restaurant next door to the hotel. Perhaps you are describing the job as it was in 160s-1990. Today's flight attendant work in cost cutting operations. No time for layovers.
Tan Man's get this... A starting flight attendant salary at a large, global airliner is roughly $18,000 a year, and not much higher than that for the following five years. Around $18,000 is also the salary of a starting co-pilot at a commuter carrier. Something is very wrong with that.
According to what I gather from the article, passengers will be allowed to "chat" and text. By "chat" they mean the text-type chat (like MSN and AOL chat). They don't mean "voice" chat. I would suppose that voice chatting would not be allowed, still. Please, tell me I am right.
Do you remember when a Japanese airliner wanted to try a "standing section" on the A-380 to accommodate more people on internal flights? They were planning on inclined boards to have passengers lean and strap against it. Do not give the airlines any crazy ideas. They do just fine thinking crazy on their own. No help needed.
I am sorry I will use this post to express my deep dislike for the B757. From the cabin crew and passenger perspectives, this airplane is horrible. It's no more than a b707 with two engines instead of four. I am so glad Boeign decided to stop production of it.
This plane was not designed for today's international travel. It is a super-crouded, densely packed flying tube too uncomfortable for more than a 3 hr flight, let alone a Transatlantic flight. Good bye 757. Welcome Dreamliner!
I am glad you mentioned it. It appears as if most of us forget the lack of CRM in the case. CRM is proven to halt the chain reaction leading to accidents. These guys were too confused and scared to function logically. Their training didn't help them much in this instance. The hand pulling back on the stick was probably frozen in place, and ignored. Just STOP. Reassess the situation, loudly and clearly state your actions, use CUSS words...
This was a perfectly flying machine, except for the pitot tubes--and the fact that it would make sense if the unused stick would somehow reflect what the other is doing--the plane was flying as commanded. When the captain walked in the cockpit, good implementation of CRM would have noted the captain about the stick being pulled back, and he would have probably correct it.
Besides that... If I were a pilot, wouldn't I want to know the different statuses the computer flying the plane with me has? Wouldn't I want to know how the computer would react