On 20 December a British Airways Airbus A321 flight from Heathrow to Glasgow suffered a serious cabin air contamination event.
What Daily Mail passengers worry about on a BA flight
By David Learmount on 10 January, 2012 in Uncategorised
The pilots felt dizzy and, worried about losing consciousness, donned their oxygen masks, declared an emergency and rapidly returned to LHR where they were met by full emergency services and paramedics.
The landing was fine. The passengers were told the return to Heathrow was precautionary because of “a technical problem” and promptly put on new flights to Glasgow.
If the passengers subsequently suffered ill effects from the same toxic fumes that were making the pilots feel dizzy, they would not have known that, after such an event, it is wise to see a doctor and have a blood test taken to determine whether organophosphate neurotoxins are present.
Meanwhile, Daily Mail readers who read this story on line know precisely what it was about that flight that bothered them. You can read it in their comments.
It was the fact that the pilots were women.
Here is a selection:
“Women drivers getting all dizzy, lets hope the airline in question learns its lesson, probably better sticking to serving the drinks in future girls.”
“Maybe someone slipped a Mills and Boon into their checklist.”
“With the best will in the world many of us already find flying an ordeal and the thought of the plane in the hands of 2 women in the cockpit more unnerving than usual. On one flight I was on it was announced after take off that the co-pilot was a woman. I remember feeling some trepidation at the time but comforted by the fact that at least the pilot was male. This was a gut reaction and I am sure that many women have felt the same. Of course, I will be accused of sexism but I rank my safety and well being and that includes the perception of being safe and well as more important than political correctness.”
BA says it checked the A321, declared NFF (no fault found), and it was back in service the next day.
So it’s all fine, then. BA just has to use male pilots, and the problem is solved as far as DM readers are concerned.
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