Good morning folks from the flight deck. This is your Captain speaking. We are currently
flying at 39,000 feet, going 900 km/h. The temperature outside is a warm minus 45˚C, but the temperature at our destination is plus 28˚C. We have another three hours of flying before
reaching our destination. So, sit back, relax and enjoy our hospitality. Thank you for flying with us.
Oh boy, do I miss flying. The good old days are gone.
I remember flying with the cockpit door open at all times but that changed after 9/11. It took a while for the aviation sector to rebound after these tragic events. The whole industry had to
re-think security measures and it has never been the same.
Nowadays, passengers are used to an hour wait in line for airport security and a detailed check in. The world adapted and it almost returned to normal. Currently, cockpits are the equivalent to vaults with armed doors. So impersonal, if you ask me. Though, a few pilots will come out of the cockpit once the plane has returned to the gate to thank passengers.
The financial crisis of 2008 was another event that made a significant difference in the
aviation industry. So many people, including myself, lost a bucket full of money. Flying was reduced, but it was more of a financial hardship than anything else.
Sometime later, the aviation world witnessed several incidents and accidents involving a new commercial jet called Boeing 737 MAX. The Lion Air flight 610 on October 29, 2018, and
Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 on March 10, 2019, urged the grounding of this aircraft model around the world.
Why can’t there be a plane in which the pilot will always have the option to take control of the aircraft completely if needed? After all, that is what we are paid for.