Juliette Kayyem on the mental condition of airline pilots

Good is my copilot
The Boston Globe
April 2, 2012
Op-ed by: Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in public policy with the Belfer Center and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Mental condition of airline pilots

“IT’S PROBABLY inevitable that JetBlue Captain Clayton Osbon’s manic breakdown in the cockpit of Flight 191 is causing rampant speculation about the adequacy of pilot screening for mental conditions. There will likely be congressional hearings, lawsuits, and new administrative rules.

Not every drama or near tragedy is a teachable moment. At the risk of sounding too mellow about the whole incident, we should just sit back, admit stuff happens, and recognize that there was a backup plan: the copilot.”

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