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