Do Not Pair: ‘En­emy’ pi­lots never have to work to­gether

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Lon­don, UK - There are some jobs where get­ting on with your col­leagues is not just the cherry on the cake - but pretty much a ‘must’.

Think; as­tro­naut, brain sur­geon and be­ing one half of a pan­tomime horse.

Bear­ing in mind they can spend up to 12 hours cooped up in a tiny, en­closed space 10,000m above sea level to­gether, you could ar­guably add ‘pi­lot’ to that list.

Alas, it’s im­pos­si­ble to be BFFs with ev­ery­one and this rule ex­tends to pi­lots too.

Luck­ily, they have a sys­tem in place to en­sure one pi­lot will never need to share the cock­pit with their sworn en­emy.

It’s a con­cept which is bound to make those of you who are ner­vous fly­ers feel re­lief, and here's how it works. The ‘Do Not Pair’ sys­tem.

The ‘Do Not Pair’ sys­tem means any two pi­lots who per­haps don’t see eye to eye NEVER get ros­tered to­gether, The Tele­graph re­ports.

‘Ev­ery 30 days, around the mid­dle of the month, we bid our pref­er­ences for the fol­low­ing month: where we’d like to fly, which days we’d like off, and which in­suf­fer­able col­leagues we hope to avoid’, pi­lot Pa­trick Smith writes in his

book Cock­pit Con­fi­den­tial. ‘What we ac­tu­ally end up with hinges on se­nior­ity. Se­nior pi­lots get the choic­est pick­ings; ju­niors get what­ever is left over’.

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