2009-06-25 / Letters/Opinion

What's Your Opinion?

Compiled by Bill O'Neill

QUESTION: When the pilot of an international commercial jet carrying 247 passengers died while in flight last week, the passengers were not informed of the emergency until after the co-pilot landed the plane safely some six hours later. Some passengers complained that they were not advised of the emergency until after the landing. Do you think they should have been informed?


"As long as they landed the plane safely, I don't see why it's a big issue. These days, the slightest problem on a plane would create chaos anyway." Ben Dawson, Canarsie "As long as they landed the plane safely, I don't see why it's a big issue. These days, the slightest problem on a plane would create chaos anyway." Ben Dawson, Canarsie "Of course passengers should have been informed. They paid for the flight. They put their seat belt on. I don't see why they can't be informed." Nelly Deida, Canarsie "Of course passengers should have been informed. They paid for the flight. They put their seat belt on. I don't see why they can't be informed." Nelly Deida, Canarsie "No, because it's not necessary. It would only cause hysteria on the plane. Plus, the flight crew had enough to do. They had to land the plane safely and take care of the pilot with the heart attack." Robert Dingle, Jr., Canarsie "No, because it's not necessary. It would only cause hysteria on the plane. Plus, the flight crew had enough to do. They had to land the plane safely and take care of the pilot with the heart attack." Robert Dingle, Jr., Canarsie "No. I think people start to panic and worry needlessly." Kevin Jackson, Queens "No. I think people start to panic and worry needlessly." Kevin Jackson, Queens "Of course they should have been informed. These are human lives. They are important. This way, the passengers know how to react to the emergency." Patrice Jarvis-Palmer, Canarsie "Of course they should have been informed. These are human lives. They are important. This way, the passengers know how to react to the emergency." Patrice Jarvis-Palmer, Canarsie "No. It would have made a bad situation turn worse. It's the same reason why flight attendants can't wear masks — Because all that would happen is it would induce panic among the passengers." Shaina Lampkins, Canarsie "No. It would have made a bad situation turn worse. It's the same reason why flight attendants can't wear masks — Because all that would happen is it would induce panic among the passengers." Shaina Lampkins, Canarsie

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