Okay, this is an instant, out-of-the-blue nightly rant on the story of the pilot and the “fake arm”. We all heard it. We all saw it. Everyone with a little piece of interest in aviation and who’s not turned his comp off for the vacations heard about it. So there was a flight incident. A Flybe pilot temporarily lost control of his plane after his prosthetic left arm fell. This unmanned pilot was, according to the company, one of the most experienced and trust worthy pilots of the airline.
But media didn’t shy away from preying on the story. For repeating it over and over, in a sadistic circle that became as voyeuristic as ghoulish. Even BuzzFeed gave it a go. Hell, since when did they start caring about aviation incidents anyway? I mean, seriously, did any of these guys think a second about how this man must feel, now that they have been pinning the label “fake arm” on him? Not the slightest consideration of humanity.
At least they didn’t spill out the name. Though I am sure they would have if they could have.
You might argue that it is a matter of safety. Sure it is. And I’m sure British authorities will look at it closely, so will Flybe and actions will be taken so that it never happens again. But I can’t stand the fact that media jumped on a crispy info and adds unspeakable pressure on the poor fellow’s shoulders. Especially since there are like so many other important things to look at… Like, maybe, this recent study of RunwayGirl Network on the toxicity of cabin air.
Sometimes, saying nothing is probably the best way to behave. At least that’s what I think.
How about you avgeeks? How did you feel about this whole media fury?