September 8, 2006


Pilot locked out of Jazz cabin mid-flight (, August 29, 2006)

Many of us know that embarrassing feeling you get when you lock yourself out of your car.

Now imagine you did the same thing -- except you are on a plane, it is mid-flight, and you are the pilot, locked out of the cockpit after making a quick stop to the washroom.

The very thing happened onboard an Air Canada Jazz flight on Saturday, and the company confirmed Tuesday it is conducting an internal investigation into the incident that took place on the Bombardier CRJ-100 carrying as many as 50 passengers from Ottawa to Winnipeg. [...]

For roughly 10 minutes, passengers described seeing the pilot bang on the door and communicating with the cockpit through an internal telephone, but being unable to open the cabin door.

You'd feel safer on a Red Sea ferry...

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 8, 2006 3:18 PM

Is caling Canada "third world" intended to be an insult or a compliment?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 8, 2006 3:57 PM


Here in Canada, we don't normally use the term "3rd world;" it confuses the pilots when they can only see one.

Posted by: ras at September 8, 2006 6:35 PM

Southwest Airlines used to have a commercial where they locked CEO Herb Kelliher out of the airplane. However, it was no way intended to represented real life -- having heard Herb speak off the cuff, I know he would have cursed like a sailor to get back in, instead of meekly banging on the outside of the fuselage.

Posted by: John at September 9, 2006 12:03 AM

Supposedly the flight attendant was in the flight deck with the co-pilot. We report, you decide.

Posted by: ratbert at September 9, 2006 1:32 AM

Haven't they ever heard of the towel?????

Posted by: Sandy P at September 9, 2006 11:30 AM

Supposedly the flight attendant was in the flight deck with the co-pilot. We report, you decide.

FYI -- whenever one of the pilots leaves the flight deck, one of the flight attendants must take the absent pilot's seat.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at September 9, 2006 9:40 PM

Also, before going off on one of these pointless 3rd world benders, it is worth finding out where the intrusion resistant flight deck door was built.

I don't know for sure, but I'll bet it is right here in the good old USA.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at September 9, 2006 9:43 PM

Of course, if it had been built in the Third World it would fall apart when you banged on it, like the rest of the plane.

Posted by: oj at September 9, 2006 9:51 PM