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Air hostess or pilot – whose belly appalls you the most?

In general most people have the concept of female air hostess although males are also largely dipping their toe in the profession. Slim female air hostess is a vogue which still exists in many sections of the airline industry and is also largely depicted in the advertisements of many airline companies to boast about their in flight hospitality service. However, it’s probably uncommon to see any advert showing slim pilots, who play the prime role of flying the aircraft safely. In my opinion, a slim pilot should equally be looked for and customers should urge for it too in the ads.

If you are wondering why did I coin such bizarre topic, here is the answer. Recently, during a flight travel while waiting boringly at the pre-departure lounge at an airport I noticed few pilots (males) with big protruding belly comparable to 3rd trimester of a female pregnancy. In contrast, the accompanying female air hostesses were looking just too emaciated to mention. That view at the airport made me to write this post to encourage the readers to think about the various facets of such health architecture of pilots and its disparity with the rest of the airline crews.

Some of the female air hostesses in airlines operating in third world countries whom I came across say that to keep their job in motion they must maintain an absolute flat belly. Some even say that they are weighed frequently (almost daily) to monitor if they are keeping a static weight or not. Some even say, they are not supposed to marry (true or false not sure), because the airline company might not be ready to support crew who are going to conceive. Male staff who accompany them are also maintaining an absolute slim figure, and some even with added regular gym goers macho look. So far that’s how is the non-cabin crew’s story.

But how about the pilot, who is possibly one of the main individual involved in flying the airplane  safely to its destination. Since, pilots don’t have direct face to face interaction with the passengers on board, airline companies don’t care much about how many extra kilo’s they put on. Their chubby-hanging-suffocating belly don’t make the CEOs of the airliners shy. But should airline companies be concerned about it? Possibly, yes. It’s because a pilot on-board should be at the pinnacle of his best health records. Obesity is a significant risk factor for health fatalities like stroke or heart attack. Probably none of the passengers or crew on an aircraft would wish to have a nightmare of their pilot getting a heart attack in the sky.

Not sure about legal issues, but those who sniff around for suing someone may investigate this issue. I hope the autopilots are well equipped to gift us a safe landing if the pilot collapses for an inadvertent health event in the sky. One thing is however reassuring in this context, there is a system of having a copilot, hopefully he will be helpful to extract us in such situations. Although, pilots are supposed to go through regular health check, overweight pilots are becoming increasingly visible these days. The flight safety jeopardizes the most, not when a passenger or a non-cabin crew gets a myocardial infarction in the sky rather, when a pilot gets it.

Therefore, next time when you are in the airport, swipe your vision across the airport to see the health status of the pilots passing by. Share your feedback with the airline company or authority if you think they aren’t looking as healthy (in terms of excessive weight gain) as you expect.

Have a safe flight.

Merry Christmas!

 

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Doctors who put us into sleep are alike airline pilots

Doctors who make people sleep during a surgery are called anaesthetists. Besides sedating they also make attempt to decrease consciousness of the patient or numb a particular body part during surgeries. They anesthetise people by various methods like giving anaesthetic gases through our inhalation path or by giving some anaesthetic drug through the veins. Here in this discussion we will be primarily talking about an anesthesia known as general anaesthesia, in which the anaesthetist puts the patient into a deep sleep like state so that the later can’t perceive any pain during the surgery. In contrast, local anaesthesia is different where a particular body part is anesthetised and the patient is generally awake.

That was a brief introduction about anesthetists, now let’s talk about airline pilots. Obviously, I don’t need to spend much words to explain who are they, as most of us know about them. Airline pilots are those professionals who fly an aircraft.

Have you ever noted any similarities between these two set of professionals i.e. the pilots and the anaesthetists. Interestingly, this author feels they have a similar type of working style, although they work with completely different stuff at totally dissimilar environment.

During surgeries under general anaesthesia the anaesthetists work like a pilot in a disciplined and steady manner. Alike a pilot who checks all necessary equipment’s before taking off, the anaesthetist too cross checks different instruments and parameters he will need throughout the surgery.

Before take-off a pilot will also try to acquire information about the weather conditions he might be facing while the aircraft will be in the sky. An anaesthesia doctor also does similar type of job, like knowing the type of surgery, possible risks that might be involved during the operation, any special precautions if needed etc., so that the surgery flows smoothly.

Once the airplane is in the air the autopilot takes care of most of the things and unless the ride is too bumpy or difficult one. Similarly, in the current time anaesthetists depend on certain automatic machines partly and sometimes almost totally to take care of parameters like blood pressure, heart rate etc. and drive the surgical procedure cool like an autopilot of an airplane (however not always, sometimes surgeries also goes arduous).

Finally, a airplane has to land to complete the journey. Believe it or not if you have ever visited an operation theater the feel of completing the anesthetic care after a general anesthesia is remarkably same as landing an aircraft. Just as pilots prepare for landing including turning seat belt signs on for passengers, anaesthetists too prepare themselves in similar way when the surgery is going to end. Anaesthesia doctors will start giving certain medications and interventions to return the patient to awake, alert and oriented state.

Anaesthesia doctors are real boon for human life since they serve as an armour of the surgeon to take care of the diseased individual. Likewise are the airline pilots who stay alert and vigilant to take us to reach us to our desired destination safely. Through this post let’s show our gratitude to both type of these professionals for serving the mankind daily, silently.

Does everyone switch off their mobile phones during flight take-offs?

In the recent times airline industries have expanded across the globe and even in economically weaker nations. One thing that concerns many or most flyers across the globe is the safety during the flight. The on-board safety instruction which we are discussing here is about switching-off of electronic devices during take-off and landing.

Once electronic devices like mobile phones and laptops were not allowed to be carried with the passengers on-board and passengers had to put it in the luggage section. However, in the recent time most of the airlines allow to carry them with the passengers, however these devices have to switched off before take-off. Here is where the problem lies, some of the passengers are reluctant to follow the instruction of the crew and keep their mobile devices on during the entire duration of flight. Since these passengers might have completed their previous journeys safely without switching of their electronic devices, they might take the on-board crew’s instruction lightly. This author too found some of the passengers attempting to fool the on-board aircraft crew by just switching of the light of their mobile phone instead of switching it off totally, as it’s not possible for the crew to check each and every person’s mobile phone to see if it is really switched off or not. Continue reading Does everyone switch off their mobile phones during flight take-offs?

How is on board flight meals in the Indian sky?

In the last few years Indian sky has been occupied by an increasing number of flights, since a lot of companies took interest in business in airline industry of this highly populated nation.

On board meals have been an interesting and attractive thing for many passengers who flew in flights ran by the airline services that the country’s government run. Sadly most commercial flights to the best of these author’s knowledge don’t provide free meals on board at the current time except Jet airways.

The airline companies are probably not in a mood to give free complementary meal services at the current time but they might change their views if few more airlines come up with free complementary on board meals, to thrive the competition.

In India, once the scenario was like only rich man traveled by air, but today air travel is no more a luxury, it’s a necessity to save time. Since the price of flights has dropped significantly in the recent time many people who still burgeon to buy a kilo of potato or who spent each peny from pocket cautiously are choosing to fly.

The price in which the food is offered on board or in the airports are probably not matching the pockets of middle class Indians. I remember two samosas being sold in 90 rupees at an Indian airport.

On board where complementary meals are not provided many passengers don’t buy any food except drinking the water, provided free by most airlines till today.

The author believes a complementary meal makes an air travel enjoying and fun and airline companies should try to think about it positively. While getting a flight ticket this author prefers a flight company that provides complementary meals than  an airline company which is not providing it in the same price. That’s why this author likes Jet Airlines. Passengers love complementary on board meals, survey it if you doubt!