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A modest proposal to improve pilot productivity

In this competitive aviation environment we need  to ensure maximum productivity from all employees. As everyone* knows pilots generally have bugger all to do once they are up in the air. Instead of twiddling their thumbs and counting clouds why not get cruising pilots to answer the phones? With modern communications it is possible to answer a telephone call almost anywhere on this planet, including up in the skies (at least for those of us who can afford to use the credit card phones next to the seats). If some inflight emergency crops up they can always put the caller on hold while they "talk to a supervisor", even though there is nobody higher up than the pilot (or if the call drops out it can honestly be attributed to a systems crash). I fully expect Michael O'Leary and Alan Joyce to contact me at any minute. Mr Allrite MBA+ * Who is not a pilot + Master Baiting Authority

Transit stops

I have an obsession with transit stops. Those rests in between legs of the outgoing or return journeys. Sometimes they are a race to explore a place before restarting the journey. Other times, the transit stop is an enforced rest, where you are limited to the accommodation and its surrounds. No great quests to find food, to go shopping or sightseeing. Just time to relax after a long journey, to watch some television or read a book before falling asleep, waking up refreshed for the next day's leg. Here's a list of some of my favourite transit experiences. The wedding night Without doubt, my favourite transit stop of all was the night we spent at the Novotel Brighton Beach before beginning our honeymoon flight to Paris. Though the initial journey was short (Circular Quay to Brighton Le Sands), it came at the end of a very long and very exhausting day. What could be better then to preface a long flight than with a wander along the beach and strawberries and cake for lunch?