Leadoff question: how could a crew or any passenger agree to fly under the command of someone like this?
Lucky makes this point and I cannot help but to also make it. Video finally emerged today of the frazzled United pilot who showed up late and out of uniform to the flight she was scheduled to pilot from Austin to San Francisco. Upon boarding the flight, she made quips about Trump, Clinton, her divorce, and the interracial couple sitting in first class over the PA system. She then added that she would let her male co-pilot fly and
invited dared anyone who was uncomfortable to get off her flight.
Watch this snippet of her conversation and you will see she is even more erratic (to put it charitably) than I first imagined.
Her cackling sounds diabolical and scary. Yet only 20 people stood up to exit the flight…and the crew had to disarm the doors. That means they were ready to fly with this woman.
Perhaps the crew members had been so anxious to leave they immediately armed the doors when the captain boarded. But upon seeing this pilot and listening to her, if the crew is “here primarily for your safety” then wasn’t it incumbent upon them to fling open the door and direct that everyone exit the aircraft unless the pilot did? What about the first officer? The flight deck door was wide open during her rant. Was he just going to ignore it?
Look, I know it is so easy to second-guess and “Monday morning quarterback” an incident like this having read and reflected upon what happened. Still, the video frightens me. It really does. Does it frighten you or am I overreacting?