The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to install recording devices to record pilot conversations while flying in commercial airlines. The pilot’s union is in an uproar and pilots say it will reduce their morale.
In a series of high profile accidents, both on airlines and in trains, there is a recognition that the operators of this machinery are preoccupied with texting, talking, and doing other than their job. Everyone recognizes that an airline now has navigational control and auto pilot to fly the planes. That does not mean that the pilot should be on his laptop and miss his landing zone than by more than half an hour as in a Northwest Airlines incident recently. It also means pilots in planes that I’m riding in, should not be distracted by incessant texting and talking that take away from the responsibility to monitor the aircraft, and their position related to other aircraft around them.
Pilots are paid well for their work and an employer has a right to ask that they do their work. Pilots are no different than any other person working at a job that requires they concentrate. A checker in a supermarket has a camera focused on them. Simply do your job and you should have no reason to be concerned about the recordings or distractions. If however, you are not doing your job you have a right to be concerned, and more importantly, I imagine your morale may dip. For our safety and the safety of the crew, pilots should be focused on their job and stop worrying about whether their conversations will be recorded while in flight.