Overworked

Overworked

The week of 9/12/08:

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This week in the airline industry pilots are fighting back claiming to be overworked. The airline pilots are suggesting the amount of hours that are federally mandated do not realistically reflect the effect of fatigue. This may be a result of the airline industry feeling the affects of a sluggish economy. Airline carriers are currently looking for any possible way to cut their costs and save a few pennies. The current allotted hours have been in place since the 1960s, which leads many to believe it is time to reevaluate them. In a Newser article they spoke of an incident that occurred in Honolulu. The flight missed its destination by 26 miles because the pilots were unresponsive. This is scary to read as a passenger. I know the effects of little, to no sleep and how it effects every part of your system. Having to be a pilot working on little sleep and knowing I have the passengers life in my hands would make me very frustrated.

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