I've finished ranting for today, off to go tidy flat and pray the pilot who is taking me on holiday in May doesn't fall asleep inflight.
Nearly half of British pilots admit to dozing off2/28/2012
Buckle your seatbelt! Nearly half of pilots fall asleep in the cockpit while flying. At least, that's the finding of a poll of 500 members of The British Airline Pilots Association. What made them own up to this terrifying fact? The association is fighting against new rules that could force European pilots to work 20-hour shifts, rather than their already-exhausting, 16-1/4 hour shifts. If you add in commuting time, that pilot jetting you off to Paris may have been awake for the past 22 hours.
We bet they're awfully jealous of American pilots' newly mandated nine- to 14-hour shifts (airlines have two years to meet the standards). Next time you grab a Starbucks before boarding a flight, you might want to grab one for the pilot, too.
Do you want your pilot to work such long hours?