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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    I'd do it. The computer wasn't up all night doing blow off of a strippers a$s.
    No, but the guy writing the program or monitoring the flight on the ground might have been.

    This would have to be proven reliable for a LONG time before I got on one. I wouldnt mind an autopilot sort of thing, as long as there was an experienced pilot in the cockpit monitoring it.
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    I would not mind a flight that was on autopilot as long as there was a human pilot on the plane in the case of an emergency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    I'd do it. The computer wasn't up all night doing blow off of a strippers a$s.
    Neither was the pilot. I used to work in a hotel that catered to United flight crews and they couldn't have alcohol or caffeine when they arrived after a flight, they couldn't even take Sudafed if they had a stuffy nose, and if they were too late getting in that they didn't have enough turnaround time, i.e. a decent night's sleep, then a different crew would have to take the flight the next morning. The airline and the FAA routinely checked their check-in times, and they had random urine tests all the time. Of course things might be a bit different now, that was 27 years ago, but I trust that most flight crews still take their jobs very seriously.

    And ITA with Missy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Neither was the pilot. I used to work in a hotel that catered to United flight crews and they couldn't have alcohol or caffeine when they arrived after a flight, they couldn't even take Sudafed if they had a stuffy nose, and if they were too late getting in that they didn't have enough turnaround time, i.e. a decent night's sleep, then a different crew would have to take the flight the next morning. The airline and the FAA routinely checked their check-in times, and they had random urine tests all the time. Of course things might be a bit different now, that was 27 years ago, but I trust that most flight crews still take their jobs very seriously.

    And ITA with Missy.

    I'm sure the vast majority do take their job very seriously. That doesn't mean that the other type doesn't exist Bottle to Throttle: A Short History of Drunk Pilots - Businessweek

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    I would agree that most pilots take their job very seriously. My brother does not even fly for a commercial airline and they have very strict rules about how much sleep they get before a flight and all that stuff. The reason it makes the news when they catch a pilot that has been drinking is because it is so rare. They pretty much instantly lose their job and will never fly for an airline again. Most pilots aren't going to risk that after all the work they have to put in to get there.
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    This sounds like trading in one set of problems, for a different set of problems. Time will prove which 'set of problems' actually occurs at a higher rate than the other. If this new pilot-less method proves to be safer than it doesn't seem logical to not fly on one out of fear.

    There is this little gut thing in me that does wish there was someone on board who could fly and land a plane in the case that it is absolutely necessary to take over from this computerized system. But if that's all the pilots responsibilities are reduced too, i don't see how doing that would be possible.

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    I had hoped to get back to this yesterday but ran out of hours. When I was first typing my response there weren't any replies. Jessica of course summed up my thoughts in a much shorter version. :P

    At least with cars if there were an error, I'd be on the GROUND (and hopefully a good chance of survival.)

    In the air, however -- not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissyJ View Post
    At least with cars if there were an error, I'd be on the GROUND (and hopefully a good chance of survival.)

    In the air, however -- not so much.
    Same can be said about human error.

    Being in the air is more precarious than being on the ground, no matter who or what is flying the plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    Same can be said about human error.

    Being in the air is more precarious than being on the ground, no matter who or what is flying the plane.
    LOL that is true Kim. I guess that my correct answer should stick with wanting an actual experienced pilot on board period.
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    Even now they fly with 2 pilots just in case something happens to one. I just don't see them going from 2 to none. I just don't think it will ever happen.
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