It's How You Say It

Saying 150 miles sounds so much worse than saying 10-15 minutes doesn't it?  If I said that I had driven 150 miles past my destination, you would ask what in the world was wrong, but if I had said that I had driven past my destination for only 10-15 minutes, it wouldn't sound so bad.  Would it?  I was like lots of other folks who was forced to listen to the seemingly neverending story about the Northwest flight that flew past their destination of Minneapolis.  At first, I was like everyone else.  Huge question marks over my head wondering how they could have flown so far past it, but then I hear...
  1. It was only 10-15 minutes before they turned around.
  2. The passengers weren't really aware.
  3. The flight attendants had no clue.
I think the idea that the pilots were asleep came solely from that annoying aviation analyst on ABC News, John Nance.  Anytime there is an issue with aircraft they go to this man.  I have to change the channel or mute the TV.  It's the way he talks.  It grates on my nerves like fingernails on chalkboard.

There is no excuse for these pilots to have not responded to air traffic control for as long as they did.  None at all.  However, I have a huge problem with these guys being fired over this mistake.  According to an ABC News story... 
"Cheney (the pilot) had a perfect flight record before the overshooting incident, logging more hours in the air than Chesley Sullenberger, who "miraculously" landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River earlier this year."
A perfect flight record.  Obviously the pilot and co-pilot should be reprimanded for their lack of following airline policy by using their laptops in the cockpit, but revoking them of their pilots' license...?

No one was injured, maimed, or killed.  It could have been much, much worse, but it wasn't.  In this economy where it is so very hard for people to find employment, does the NTSB really need to strip these guys of their jobs?

1 comment

  1. I agree I don't think they should lose their jobs!