Being an airplane pilot is probably one of the most stressful jobs in the world, it’s kind of obvious when you think about it considering they’re flying stuff hundreds of feet above the ground with people in it. But to do this job there are necessarily prohibitions, it is logical, and we invite you to discover them right away.
1. Do some maintenance
A former pilot reveals on a forum that he was not authorized to do a small maintenance operation without notifying his superiors, even if it was just a matter of tightening a nut or changing a small bulb. We don’t touch anything.
2. Drink alcohol before (and during) the flight
It seems completely logical not to drink on board while flying, but on most companies pilots are prohibited from consuming alcohol until twelve hours before taking the controls. History of not making a remake of the film Flight.
3. Read a book
Yeah that also seems logical, but there are two or three who have probably screwed up while reading a book because now it’s forbidden and they have to concentrate on their job. Still happy here.
4. Drink coffee
On board the Airbus A350 it is now forbidden to drink coffee in the quiet cockpit. You can throw one before or after the flight, but since there have been incidents of spilled coffee on the dashboard, it’s no longer allowed.
5. Being at the controls for more than eight hours
On a flight of more than eight hours pilots are allowed to take breaks or sleep to take turns. You see how fed up you are after two hours in the car? Well, it’s the same. BUT IN THE SKY. So we don’t mess around with that too much.
6. Pilot and co-pilot cannot eat the same dish
In order to ensure that the two people on board do not suffer from indigestion, food poisoning or devil’s shit, they are fed different dishes. And when you think about it, it’s really not stupid.
7. Invite people into the cockpit
There was a time when pilots could bring in passengers (often children with their parents) for a short time to see inside the cockpit and greet the pilots. It is now completely prohibited as a security measure for fairly obvious reasons. You will therefore not know all the secrets of pilots.
8. Use of electronic objects during the flight
When you have to put your phone in airplane mode, don’t think that pilots can take advantage of their rank to skip this step. They also have to stop using these items, it’s just that on their phones they have a much classier pilot mode.
9. There should always be two people in the cockpit
If the driver or the co-driver must be absent for a minute to go to the toilet, for example, the one who remains must not be left alone. It’s a safety rule to make sure nothing bad happens.
10. Listen to music
Not allowed to listen to the radio or music in the cockpit, pilots must remain alert and reachable with the control tower and therefore not interfere with their concentration with distractions.
11. Pilot and co-pilot cannot choose who they fly with
Teams are imposed as a matter of safety, imagine in the most serious case that a pilot and a co-pilot manage to hijack the plane or something like that. That’s why they can’t choose who they’re going to fly with and why everyone has to bang a cowardly colleague one day or another.
12. Get out of the cockpit whenever they want
Before leaving the cabin, pilots and co-pilots must notify the control tower and ensure that the second person is not sleeping and is still on site. Then we bring in another person (rule of two people always in the cockpit).