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    Pre-flight Mental Health Checks Of Air Crew Needed

    Pre-flight mental health checks of air crew needed


    Cabin crew could answer a series of questions, perhaps even with the use of a polygraph. Photo: Reuters

    PUBLISHED: MARCH 28, 4:12 AM
    UPDATED: MARCH 28, 4:13 AM

    Many countries such as Singapore have tightened airport security after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing. We may still have a blind spot, though (“Changi Airport raises security alert”; March 25).

    We know that immigration security can be beefed up via database checks, as two passengers boarded MH370 using stolen passports.

    Screening can help prevent unauthorised or restricted items from being taken onto a plane. This can also be intensified through more thorough searches of passengers.

    These are physical security checks. But are we missing out the cabin crew and especially the pilots? Are there measures to check a pilot’s mental state hours before his flight? This is important, as a plane can be a deadly weapon of destruction.

    In the SilkAir MI185 crash on Dec 19, 1997, the American National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the evidence was consistent with a deliberate manipulation of the flight controls, most likely by the captain.

    In the Singapore Airlines SQ006 crash on Oct 31, 2000, Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council reported that the flight crew failed to review the taxi route adequately although they had all the charts. In the Air France AF447 crash on June 1, 2009, the French aviation authorities pointed to human error (mishandling by co-pilots).

    Airport security was not contravened in these cases. I would thus suggest that cabin crew and especially pilots undergo what I would term “mental security screening”, where they would answer a series of questions, perhaps even with the use of a polygraph.

    Questions such as: Have you consumed alcohol in the past XX hours? Do you have any gambling debt? Have you read the Notice to Airmen thoroughly and understood the flight situation clearly?

    With tighter physical security measures and such screenings, confidence in passenger air travel would be more assured.
    Source: Pre-flight mental health checks of air crew needed | TODAYonline

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    Pre-flight Mental Health Checks Of Air Crew Needed

    imho its rather rude to jump to the conclusion that the pilots suicide is at fault, like what that family friend of the pilot concluded. it hurts the family to think that their relative was that reckless. and they would know the pilot better than a random person who jumps to conclusions would. most people who are suicidal are intelligent enough to differentiate between killing himself and killing others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtfh4x View Post
    imho its rather rude to jump to the conclusion that the pilots suicide is at fault, like what that family friend of the pilot concluded. it hurts the family to think that their relative was that reckless. and they would know the pilot better than a random person who jumps to conclusions would. most people who are suicidal are intelligent enough to differentiate between killing himself and killing others.
    No choice the American lawyers are seeding the news coz they need to start suing

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