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Should Continental Express pilots go to jail?

http://www.airliner.net/blog/continental-express-tarmac-delay Please give me your thoughts on the information in the blog posting

Asked By: - 8/14/2009
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The courts have already established that being kept on an airplane is *not* holding someone against their will; even though you cannot leave. The legal reasoning is that you volunteered to get on the plane and there is always the possibility of being stuck. Don't give pilots a hard time; they're just trying to keep... More
Answered By: Robert G - 8/14/2009
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I would have been dialing 911 from the plane stating that I was being held against my will and if they didn't come and rescue me, I would sue the crap out of the police... More
Answered By: Johnnydangerously59 - 8/14/2009
 
No. Although it seems pretty clear that the captain may have been hesitant to exercise his authority. It's like that in the commuters. Had he made the decision to let the folks off in the terminal, he'd be fired today. I'd be more than happy to toss Johnny off my airplane.
Answered By: grumpy geezer - 8/14/2009
 
I don't know about charging the pilots, they are just following company orders... More
Answered By: Rudy - 8/14/2009
 
Why do you assume this was strictly the pilots? The Company (as in operation personnel) provide the gate and the gate agent to assist in such a situation; if they don't give the pilot a place to go, he doesn't just pull up to the closest one, it's not like he can operate the gate by remote... More
Answered By: Warbird Pilot - 8/14/2009
 
I suggest you resist the temptation to form opinions from bloggers and the Media until there is DATA to determine what happened... Tends to keep your reputation for integrity intact. How would you like to have someone trash talk you for a screwup that you may have had a minor part, or no part at all, in creating?
Answered By: Jimmbbo - 8/14/2009
 
The passengers should have simply opened the doors, deployed the slides, and exited. That would have made a pretty strong point. The crew was probably worried about becoming unemployed if it bucked the system.
Answered By: Techwing - 8/14/2009
 
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