Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Airports don’t trust pilots not to hijack themselves

This letter appeared in the Telegraph today.

SIR – As an airline captain I am also searched, along with my crew, prior to boarding our aircraft (Letters, February 16).

On one occasion, on an international flight, my nail clippers were confiscated – I assume security considered I might hijack myself with them. Prior to departure, the handling agent presented our pre-flight paperwork, together with a set of chef’s knives removed from a passenger. They were given to me for safe-keeping during the flight.

I stowed them next to the flight-deck crash axe.

M.M. MacDonald

Springfield, Fife

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day to Everyone!