Post MH370, air safety is no longer a breeze

Post MH370, air safety is no longer a breeze

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Who is making sure passengers are safe in the air?
Photo: Bruce Yan/SCMP

Flying in a plane isn't quite the same anymore. This is especially true since the disappearance of MH370, the shooting down of MH17, the deliberate crashing of a Germanwings plane into the French Alps, and the Trigana Air crash in Indonesia. There have been so many plane crashes, and hundreds of deaths, that it's hard to trust a carrier anymore.

Who inspects aircraft? If all airlines adopted the same safety standards, I am sure there would be a big drop in plane mishaps. But sadly the intense competition in the industry means different airlines will have different regulations. Recently, Cathay Pacific pilots complained that they were overworked, increasing the likelihood of human error in the air. I couldn't shake these thoughts from my mind every time a member of the cabin crew announced that we were passing through turbulence, on my recent Cathay Pacific flight back to Britain.

National airlines and aerospace companies should do a lot more to ensure flight safety, such as providing their staff with better training and making them undergo stringent psychological tests and background checks.

Other airlines should emulate Cathay Pacific's safety standards, but even our own carrier would benefit from rethinking how it manages its employees.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Plane travel no longer a breeze

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