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Passenger Avoids Delay By Fixing Plane Himself

samzenpus posted about 5 years ago | from the flying-the-diy-skies dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 178

It would be a shame if an engineer on a recent Thomas Cook Airlines flight doesn't get a complimentary first class upgrade every time he flies. The engineer was on flight TCX9641 when it was announced that the trip would be delayed eight hours, while a mechanic was flown in to fix a problem. Luckily for the other passengers, the engineer happened to work for Thomsonfly Airlines, which has a reciprocal maintenance agreement with Thomas Cook. After about 35 minutes the man fixed the problem and the flight was on its way. A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said, "When they announced there was a technical problem he came forward and said who he was. We checked his licence and verified he was who he said he was, and he was able to fix the problem to avoid the delay. We are very grateful that he was on the flight that day."

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178 comments

I noticed this comment doesn't have a first post.. (5, Funny)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | about 5 years ago | (#28596447)

That's a problem.. just thought I'd show my ID and let you know I could fix it.

Re:I noticed this comment doesn't have a first pos (0)

V!NCENT (1105021) | about 5 years ago | (#28597077)

This has got to be the best, and the first funny, 'frist psot' I've ever read. And so original :D

Mod parent +5, funny

Mod Up (0)

CambodiaSam (1153015) | about 5 years ago | (#28597159)

Please mod up. It's a rare first post that is relevant and entertaining.

BREAKING NEWS: Plane engineer fixes plane (1)

bonch (38532) | about 5 years ago | (#28597661)

This whole story boils down to a plane engineer fixing a plane. Why is it news? So that the BBC News can trick people with a headline that says "Passenger fixes plane" without giving away that the passenger is actually a licensed plane engineer whose company even does work for that airline?

Re:BREAKING NEWS: Plane engineer fixes plane (4, Insightful)

clone53421 (1310749) | about 5 years ago | (#28598073)

Plane engineer fixes plane, and what's news about that, you ask?

How often does the engineer just happen to be there already, as opposed to needing to be flown in from eight hours away...

How often does an engineer do the job for free...

And how often does one ride in the plane after he successfully repairs it? Personally, if my flight is delayed because the plane is broken down, I'd be very reassured to have the guy who fixes it riding in the same flying tin can as myself...

Security Flaw #1, Interesting (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596473)

Did they check his score as a flight risk?

Yours In Communism,
Kilgore Trout

Charity is Unpatriotic (4, Insightful)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | about 5 years ago | (#28596475)

I imagine if he had tried to pull that in the US he'd be colling his heels naked in a TSA holding cell by now.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (1, Interesting)

scubamage (727538) | about 5 years ago | (#28596671)

My thoughts exactly. DHS has shown numerous times that its illegal for a civilian to be on the tarmac by arresting veterans, photographers, off-duty DHS agents, school children, cats, dogs, and other domestic terrorists (I'm only partially joking). Seems strange to me that they make an exception for this gentleman - going so far to allow him to actually work on a plane while off duty.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596723)

It's not even in the US you dumb fuck.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (-1, Troll)

jav1231 (539129) | about 5 years ago | (#28596843)

"...imagine IF HE HAD...."

Read much, Dumbfuck?

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597027)

DHS has shown numerous times that its illegal for a civilian to be on the tarmac ... Seems strange to me that they make an exception for this gentleman
 
Your brain doesn't work, faggot.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | about 5 years ago | (#28597489)

Mod parent up for pointing out abject failure to even read the summary before replying.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (2, Informative)

Faluzeer (583626) | about 5 years ago | (#28596751)

Hmmm

The incident happened in Menorca, the USA's DHS has no jurisdiction in Europe...

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (2, Funny)

scubamage (727538) | about 5 years ago | (#28596773)

Noted. Still strange in this day and age!

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596887)

This will be the norm for the post (michael) jacksonian age. Seriously, the guy worked for a company with a reciprocal maintenance agreement so he was certified to work on it so why would that be a security risk?

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597355)

Because in the US we sue everyone for anything. In fact, I'm suing slashdot, sourceforge, the Michael Jackson estate, and your internet service provider because your post has caused me emotional distress.

We would've arrested him or shot him, but we sure as hell wouldn't let him work on a plane!

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (4, Funny)

FictionPimp (712802) | about 5 years ago | (#28596959)

The USA's DHS has no jurisdiction in Europe....

YET!

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (1)

V!NCENT (1105021) | about 5 years ago | (#28597123)

Now only if there was a terroristic attack...

*ducks and runs*

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (5, Insightful)

jav1231 (539129) | about 5 years ago | (#28596865)

Actually, union rules would have forbidden him from touching the plane in the U.S. even if were an American in that union.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597207)

Nah - the corporate ass-covering lawyers would have got there first.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (1)

afidel (530433) | about 5 years ago | (#28597567)

Note that the two airlines had a maintenance agreement so it's likely he could have worked on the plane unless the union rules were particularly bad.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597755)

Doesn't matter if he _could_ work on the plane. Many union rules forbid unscheduled activity. In effect, this guy took away 8 hours of pay from his union brother.

What if he got hurt while working on the plane? Would the airline claim responsibility? His employer, even though the were not paying him for the labour?

I'm not saying what he did wasn't sensible, but when you're dealing with unions and bureaucracy you must discard all common sense and reasonableness first.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (1)

OeLeWaPpErKe (412765) | about 5 years ago | (#28597701)

Actually I think you're on to something there. Here in Brussels, the unions would have screamed bloody murder over this and staged protests until it became illegal. The guy would be lucky not to end up strung up.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (3, Funny)

nizo (81281) | about 5 years ago | (#28598219)

Actually I was thinking that they should make the repair crew regularly fly on the planes they service. I would be much more trusting of repairs made by people who are planning on flying on the planes they are servicing.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (1)

droptone (798379) | about 5 years ago | (#28598407)

Is the failure rate nearly bad enough to justify the costs of a) flying non-paying people on every single flight and b) hiring more mechanics since after every successful fix some number of mechanics would be busy flying on the plane that they fixed for a couple of hours? I highly doubt it.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (1)

nizo (81281) | about 5 years ago | (#28598431)

Is the failure rate nearly bad enough to justify...

Possibly not, though after the first few weeks you could discontinue the program since all of the bad mechanics would have weeded themselves out by then.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (1)

dcollins (135727) | about 5 years ago | (#28597879)

Actually, union rules would have forbidden him from touching the plane in the U.S. even if were an American in that union.

Skeptical. Reference?

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (4, Informative)

sumdumass (711423) | about 5 years ago | (#28598333)

I can't give you a reference on that but I can tell you I was reprimanded and almost fired from a factory job where I assembled cartons for glass packaging. We had to cut strands of the cardboard away from the boxes to deal with mismatched cartons. Anyways, one day the shavings and cuttings were getting particularly heavy and started to create a hazard where the floor became slippery and presented a tripping hazard. I picked up a broom and swept the cuttings away from my work area and the shop steward started jumping my ass because they paid someone else to sweep the floor and I was taking his job away. I was told I was getting wrote up over it. I went off on the guy and the floor supervisor when he backed him up.

I quit the job before the reprimand could go through. That's my experience with a union and it backs the idea put forth by the GP. Of course every union will be different but I'm not sure if in this area. Unions are about getting money for people at the expense of the business, not saving the business money.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | about 5 years ago | (#28596889)

Assuming the teamsters didn't get to him first.

Re:Charity is Unpatriotic (2, Funny)

gubers33 (1302099) | about 5 years ago | (#28597491)

Nah it has been over 24 hours, he would be in Gitmo by now.

This is too much. (4, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 5 years ago | (#28596487)

First they took away all the food and gave us peanuts. Then they went all the way and said, "Bring your own food". Now bring your own technician. What next? Bring your own pilot?

Re:This is too much. (4, Funny)

tom17 (659054) | about 5 years ago | (#28596531)

Naah, bring your own plane.

Re:This is too much. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597097)

Bring your own handcuffs to arrest yourself for thinking about bringing your own tech to work on the plane.

Re:This is too much. (2, Funny)

V!NCENT (1105021) | about 5 years ago | (#28597155)

That's nothing! Bring your own airport.

Re:This is too much. (4, Funny)

palegray.net (1195047) | about 5 years ago | (#28597575)

I brought my own pilot, flying my own plane, but I can't get clearance to land because apparently I should have brought my own air traffic controller, too. Now I'm going to die when my plane runs out of fuel, thanks.

Re:This is too much. (3, Insightful)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 5 years ago | (#28598099)

What, you didn't think to bring your own parachute either?

Re:This is too much. (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | about 5 years ago | (#28598125)

I was broke after paying for the plane and the pilot. Looks like the he *does* have a chute, however. I'll just ask him to come over here for a minute...

Re:This is too much. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596549)

Then, bring your own plane..

Re:This is too much. (0, Offtopic)

KronosReaver (932860) | about 5 years ago | (#28596815)

It really isn't fair to mod someone down as redundant when you can clearly see the time stamp on their post is exactly one minute after the original post... which is more likely, they intentionally said almost the exact same thing changing only one of the five words, or that the took a few seconds longer to review and submit a post than the first person did?

If only there were a way to mod down the modders who waste mod points...

Re:This is too much. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596991)

I think it is fair to mod a redundant post as redundant, so that those browsing comments at a certain threshold don't need to be bothered with extra posts. If only it were karma neutral.

Re:This is too much. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597095)

Metamod Much?

Re:This is too much. (1)

jason.sweet (1272826) | about 5 years ago | (#28597177)

Didn't your mother ever tell you that life is not fair. Moderation isn't there to make you feel good. It is there so you can filter comments based on quality. (Why is it that I couldn't help chuckling as I wrote that.) A comment is just as redundant whether it was made by a dumbass who doesn't bother to read or by someone who posted between refreshes.

Re:This is too much. (1)

cptdondo (59460) | about 5 years ago | (#28596909)

And then we can just GPL the whole thing....

Re:This is too much. (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | about 5 years ago | (#28597543)

I'd bring that cropdusting pilot from Independence Day. -Phil

Re:This is too much. (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | about 5 years ago | (#28597713)

Prob is, it's against FAA regs to drink 24 hours before flying, isn't it?

Re:This is too much. (2, Interesting)

palegray.net (1195047) | about 5 years ago | (#28598105)

Maybe so, but every now and again you hear news reports of a pilot being removed from a plane pre-takeoff for smelling like booze... kinda makes you wonder how many don't get caught. -Phil

Re:This is too much. (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 5 years ago | (#28597741)

wait - soon it's going to be everyone stick their arms out the window and flap real hard

Who is "the engineer"? (2, Informative)

Qzukk (229616) | about 5 years ago | (#28596523)

The article quotes Keith Lomax as saying "It was reassuring to know the person who had fixed it was still on the aeroplane" which strongly implies Lomax is not the engineer. No other individual is named.

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (2, Funny)

pete-classic (75983) | about 5 years ago | (#28596583)

John Galt.

-Peter

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (1, Informative)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | about 5 years ago | (#28596595)

The quote should probably read:
"It was reassuring [to the other passengers] to know the person who had fixed it was still on the aeroplane"

The sentence just above that talks about applause from the other passengers.

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (1)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | about 5 years ago | (#28596727)

Replying to myself:
On second read, Mr. Lomax appears to be just some dude on the plane, and not the repairman.

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (2, Interesting)

Dare nMc (468959) | about 5 years ago | (#28598039)

Seams like a excellent new procedure for any major repair; from now on the lead mechanic that works on a plane, must be on the next flight with their first born, or some equally important family member.
That's what happened with a co-worker who repaired hand held mine detectors in Vietnam. The field Sargent asked him if it was fixed, then physically drug his (very unwilling) ass and the detector to a live mine field to prove it. It made him a very through technician, even to this date.

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28598395)

If you could spell correctly your story might be more believable.

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 5 years ago | (#28596603)

It doesn't imply that. It was either a slip-streamed quote from the stewardess (as mentioned in the preceding paragf), or a pompous use, by Lomax, of the third-person to generalize a specific narrative into an aphorism.

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (1)

yincrash (854885) | about 5 years ago | (#28596641)

Yup, there is an errorinsummary. I wonder if they compensated the dude.

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596643)

The article quotes Keith Lomax as saying "It was reassuring to know the person who had fixed it was still on the aeroplane" which strongly implies Lomax is not the engineer. No other individual is named.

Um...Actually I think he was speaking generally, as in "People felt safer that he trusts his work enough that he'd be on the plane after fixing it" I'm pretty sure he was expressing the sentiment of other travelers, and maybe of the airline.

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597003)

how does that relate to the issue of if Lomax is the engineer?

Re:Who is "the engineer"? (1)

parvin (846446) | about 5 years ago | (#28597037)

If Lomax is a typical engineer (i.e., logical smartass), he could very well be referring to himself when saying "It was reassuring to know the person who had fixed it was still on the aeroplane".

Hrm (5, Funny)

Steauengeglase (512315) | about 5 years ago | (#28596573)

Shouldn't you get the death penalty for something like this? Seriously, this malcontent took work from airline repairmen. That is almost like eating babies. I say death to the traitor.

Re:Hrm (3, Funny)

tnk1 (899206) | about 5 years ago | (#28597105)

No, no, this is win-win. The reason that it was going to take hours to fix was due to the technician's union mandated 5 hour coffee break. Since the other guy was already there, the first guy didn't have to leave the coffee shop.

Don't worry, neither of the poor technicians was denied their 100 dollars/hr rate, they both still got paid time and a half for their efforts. The airline was just happy that they could leave almost on time for once.

Re:Hrm (2, Insightful)

SheeEttin (899897) | about 5 years ago | (#28597175)

You say that in jest, but you pretty accurately summarized most unions' stance on labor.

Re:Hrm (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 5 years ago | (#28597427)

Don't worry, our noble unions men are already preparing to give him the standard scab treatment. Once they get the brick to through his plane's window, they'll teach him!

No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (2, Funny)

digitalgiblet (530309) | about 5 years ago | (#28596591)

No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express....

During the flight he delivered a baby, performed a partial liver transplant, devised an experiment to test string theory, rescued Schrodinger's cat from the "box of death", and helped the elderly Fitzsimmons sisters join the "mile high club".

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596673)

If your post was supposed to be funny, I have some bad news.

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (1)

DaHat (247651) | about 5 years ago | (#28596733)

Agreed! More so when I consider that my mother's family name is Fitzsimmons!

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597529)

Agreed! More so when I consider that my mother's family name is Fitzsimmons!

Is she currently Elderly? Does she have a sister? Did she recently fly? ... Just asking and all.

I guess I could see where that might be "not funny" to you.

Your mom on the other hand ...

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (1)

digitalgiblet (530309) | about 5 years ago | (#28596763)

Well, it was both informative and funny until you looked at it...

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596809)

I've made a huge mistake.

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (5, Funny)

gavron (1300111) | about 5 years ago | (#28596771)

He fixes airplanes. With toothpicks. He debunks myths. Without snopes or wikipedia. He once delivered a baby airplane from a mother airplane at forty-thousand feed - in the wind! He is the most interesting man's next door neighbor's cousin. "I don't always drink single-malt Scotch. But when I do, it's pretty decent. Stay thorsty, my frenz."

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596869)

What exactly is a partial liver transplant? Did you only replace a part of the liver?

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (3, Funny)

schon (31600) | about 5 years ago | (#28596901)

What exactly is a partial liver transplant? Did you only replace a part of the liver?

No, it's where you get to the part where you take the old one out, but don't bother to finish.

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597085)

It's not his fault liver delivery isn't available in-flight.

Re:No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (1)

dzfoo (772245) | about 5 years ago | (#28596995)

What, no pony? sheeez!

        -dZ.

diy (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596617)

better than FA announcing "does anyone know how to fly a plane?".

Keith Lomax is getting undue credit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596619)

The article doesn't give the engineer's name. Keith Lomax is just some dumbass passenger soaking up all the credit.

Reading Is Fundamental.

I tried this once... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596639)

I was flying on one of those flights with free satellite TV service. And guess which seat's TV was malfunctioning?

So I touched the touch screen in such a way to activate the diagnostic system (the system was continually restarting, so I touched the screen), and a stewardess noticed me "fucking around" with "important flight systems" and promptly removed me from the flight.

I spent the rest of the day being interviewed by the FBI. I simply said "ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS WATCH THE FUCKING TELEVISION! I'M NOT A FUCKING TERRORIST! What do you think I was going to do, change the channel to 'American Jihad' or something?"

Re:I tried this once... (2, Insightful)

PalmKiller (174161) | about 5 years ago | (#28596849)

Maybe it was your attitude. Your language probably pissed them off, so they decided to screw with you.

Re:I tried this once... (1)

Lord Jester (88423) | about 5 years ago | (#28597709)

Sounds like a self-fulfilled prophet. I've known people like this. "Everybody thinks I'm a(n) [insert term here], so I will act like a(n) [insert term here]."

The sad thing is they often think that the world will stop viewing them that way.

Re:I tried this once... (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | about 5 years ago | (#28597759)

I didn't know they had internet access at Gitmo.

Bad summary! (5, Insightful)

dzfoo (772245) | about 5 years ago | (#28596667)

Keith Lomax was not the engineer who fixed the plane. From the article:

Holidaymaker Keith Lomax, from Stirling, was travelling home from a week's break with his wife when the plane's captain announced the expected delay.

"We were in the plane, ready for take-off, when he announced there was a technical problem and that an engineer might have to be flown out from Manchester to fix it," he said.

"Then a stewardess told us there was an engineer on board and they were checking out to see if he could work on it. He was obviously successful. When he came back onto the plane there was a round of applause from the back of the aircraft.

Keith Lomax is just a passenger, on vacation with his wife, who witnessed the event and talked about it to the reporter.

Jeez! now not even the submitters are R'ingTFA!

        -dZ.

Re:Bad summary! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596833)

let's all call him, just to make sure

Re:Bad summary! (1)

chord.wav (599850) | about 5 years ago | (#28598063)

Damn man! They were trying to preserve his identity and you blew it!
Now MacGyver is exposed! Thank-you-very-much! All these years of hard work trying to infiltrate him in an undisclosed terrorist cell for nothing!

Thomas Cook & First Class (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596787)

I very much doubt that they even know what 1st class is. This airline is primarily a cattle class holiday shifter. Cram them in and get them to the beach.

At least you get a seat. RyanAir is proposing to fly with passengers 'standing'. If that 'takes off' then airlines that cater for this market will be falling over themselves to follow suit. Not more bums on seat but 'Move along inside. Standing room only' will be the cry from the crew.

Re:Thomas Cook & First Class (3, Funny)

PalmKiller (174161) | about 5 years ago | (#28596911)

I can see it now, the toilet will be alway occupied by lazy cattle class who don't want to stand.

Re:Thomas Cook & First Class (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597453)

Thomas Cook did a study and found that squat toilets are cheaper.

Re:Thomas Cook & First Class (1)

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) | about 5 years ago | (#28597581)

Standing on planes....

just wait when there are shear winds and thunderstorms ahead....

idleispants (1)

martas (1439879) | about 5 years ago | (#28596861)

can someone please explain to me the meaning of the idleispants tag? i've been trying to figure out what those pants have to do with anything for 3 years now...

Re:idleispants (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28596903)

'Pants' is a UK term meaning 'crap'.

Re:idleispants (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28597145)

I thought it referred to the Slashdot slogan, "Pants are optional."

Re:idleispants (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 5 years ago | (#28597813)

When did UK slang become all the rage on Slashdot?

Re:idleispants (1)

lessthan (977374) | about 5 years ago | (#28598293)

After a news story about a man suing a British ISP. He got nasty with a help desk tech. The tech changed the guys password to (guy's name)ispants. I'd reference the story, but I can't find it.

Re:idleispants (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | about 5 years ago | (#28598461)

Well, that has to do with this story [bbc.co.uk] , which was featured on Slashdot.

More useful than a skymarshall... (1)

yogibaer (757010) | about 5 years ago | (#28596939)

Swords to mutitools :-)

Know We Know The Difference... (1)

Snowcap557 (883211) | about 5 years ago | (#28597465)

...between an open source and proprietary airline.

lol (2, Interesting)

hurfy (735314) | about 5 years ago | (#28597681)

been there, done that.

more or less :)

I got drafted by our airplane mechanic a couple times to help as i was the only one who could reach the other end of a bolt. Apparently the license test for a mechanic neglects to include a test for double jointedness.....

As long as the dude fixing it is going to fly on it i am all for it. After a couple major repairs on my dad's plane he would take the mechanic along on the 1st flight. Since he got on board we figured the front gear would come down this time ;)

Our little flight school had some crack people tho. The chief instructor got an ovation from the tower bringing in a fast little twin with no nose gear. Dead stick, both props feathered and moved with the starter out of the way...only scrapped up the nose a bit. Well, as little as sliding aluminum onto concrete at 50mph can be...

brave passengers ? (1)

parallel_prankster (1455313) | about 5 years ago | (#28597803)

I would put a lot of thought into flying on a plane that was fixed by some guy voluntarily. But I am just an American, nevermind!

Re:brave passengers ? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 5 years ago | (#28598055)

I would put a lot of thought into flying on a plane that was fixed by some guy voluntarily.

If it was just some random guy, sure, then you should worry.

Don't forget, this guy was a real, licensed aircraft mechanic who was qualified to work on this type of aircraft, and would have had a decent chance of working on that specific aircraft given that they had reciprocal maintenance agreements.

This isn't the same as having the fat guy with 10,000 hours in type on Microsoft Flight Simulator fly you in when the pilots have all died. This is what he does for his day job.

Cheers

Re:brave passengers ? (1)

yabos (719499) | about 5 years ago | (#28598269)

News flash: Aircraft mechanics fly on airplanes

A caveman could have done it (2, Funny)

microbee (682094) | about 5 years ago | (#28597925)

It's nothing, just push the 'reset' button, and tell the pilot 'no more porn on the plane computer!'

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