Monday, March 30, 2015

That Germanair pilot

I usually have no patience with the secondguessing that follows most tragedies, from the Pearl Harbor attack to the crash of an airliner. Everybody and everything gives out signals, so there's not much point in hoo-hawing after the quirks in the man who turns out to be suicidal or the nation that attacks without warning. But to have a commercial airline pilot who was treated for suicidal tendencies! That is indeed an astonishment. What in the world was the German airline administration thinking, that neither it nor Mr Lubitz's flight surgeon (medical examiner) was able to pick up on that?

Privacy laws, I'll bet. We now privilege an individual's self-esteem more than his society's wellbeing.


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