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    Posted March 11, 2014 by
    brianjdee
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    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

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    Passengers in the Cock pit

     
    I am just seeing the story about the South African ladies who were invited into the cock pit on a Malaysian Airlines flight. This is a common practice in this region where friends and family of Airlines Pilots are invited into the cockpit.
    I am an international world Traveller and frequent flyer and on one particular flight many years ago, on an Air India flight from Dubai to Mumbai, I saw a couple being taken into the cockpit just before take-off and after the doors were closed.
    I realised these were friends of one of the Pilots and assumed that they were just saying hello. However, when it became apparent that this couple were going to stay in the cockpit for the take-off, the hair on my back stood up. I immediately called the in Cabin Director and told him much to his astonishment, to get those two passengers to return to their seats immediately. Reluctantly he went knocked on the door to the cockpit and informed the Pilots that there was a passenger objecting to them having other passengers in the cock-pit during take-off. I then saw one of the Pilots actually pop his head around the door and take a look at me and after a minute, the two passengers returned to their seats.
    Needless to say, I was treated with utmost respect during the flight and even offered a bottle of Veuve clicquot Champagne to take with me just before we started to descend.
    It is the duty of every responsible passenger, for their own safety and for the sake of other passengers, to vigorously discourage such blatant and gross disregard of Flight Safety practiced by Pilots in this region. I am not surprised by what I saw on Mr. Piers’Morgan's program, but I hope it will act as a caveat to educate other passengers that this should not be allowed and is against the law.

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