Germanwings and the mind

Predictably in the aftermath of the Germanwings tragedy, the media chorus is ‘Something must be done!’. They say that the airlines must do more about their aircrew’s fitness to fly, and especially psychiatric issues that might affect flight safety.

Easier said than done, for these reasons.

Although the best airlines will undoubtedly have proper welfare systems to protect aircrew health as far as possible, medical examinations are not their responsibility. This lies with the Civil Aviation Authority (in the UK) which carries out all medical examinations with specially trained doctors.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I’m as big of a fan of airline safety as anyone, but screening for whatever was really wrong with that co-pilot is beyond our medical ability to do so.
    Are you going to tell all ‘depressed’ people they can’t fly?
    Good luck with that!

    • No question. However a duty to report should be applicable in professions such as this.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Maybe they need a long glum registry.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Europe and Germany especially has such draconian privacy laws that it would not matter. This guy could have told his shrink he plans on flying his plane into an atomic power plant and the doc would be unable to tell anyone.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      When a person takes up certain professions they forfeit some rights.
      That’s just the deal you make.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Not legally in Europe. Take it up with them.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Don’t need to.
          I’m never going.