It is hoped that, as a result of the recent panic, resulting in a plane's radio having sent out, accidentally, a hijack May Day, that people working with computerised systems will NOW heed the initial warning, which is:
NO FOOD OR DRINKS NEAR COMPUTERS
This is a simple, common-sense request. A crumb or a drop of liquid can 'wipe out' a computer. This simple rule is one used by everyone using computers for recreation or work - so why wasn't it observed by pilots in charge of a huge airplane carrying hundreds of people?
It is of concern to many that the pilot of the diverted plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing at Toronto's Pearson Airport recently, did not obey the BASIC rules.
Was he NOT listening in COMPUTERS 101 CLASS?
Hopefully, there will now be new rules drawn up as to 'where' the pilots may drink and eat.
This is a discussion which will be taking place amongst all airline agencies in the weeks and months to come.
One suggestion, which was put forward by a female passenger of the plane in question was....Make the Pilots drink out of 'sippy cups' similar to the ones used by babies.
This suggestion is being considered.
If this suggestion is accepted, a Pilots' Union representative has put forth a suggestion from the Pilots which is that the pilots themselves will be able to have a great deal of input into the design of the 'adult sippy cups'.
This request has been met with some opposition as Pilots can be rather raunchy. Hours spent in the cockpit results in some sexually frustrated pilots.
Not wanting to be specific (or sued) we do not wish to print the comments of pilots we interviewed.
The 'Jury is still out' regarding a solution to this problem.
We will keep you up-dated on this sensitive and problematic, potentially 'fatal' topic.