Ever since the airlines eliminated the flight engineers on the flight deck, our lives have been in the hands of two people, the captain and the first officer. And when one of them leaves the flight deck to go to the toilet, there’s only one person up there in the pointy end.
Whether the sensational NYTimes report is accurate or not (and heavens knows they’re not paragons of objective, accurate reporting about anything else) it’s plain the cost-cutting airlines have imperiled all of us who fly with them all the time.
UPDATE: The NYT report has now been seconded by a French prosecutor.
MORE: The Germanwings First Officer’s ex-girlfriend says he planned it. He was a psycho on the locked flight deck who flew 150 people into a mountain. That’s another airline to stay away from.