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Pilot Suspended for Allowing Wife in Cockpit

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A Chinese pilot was fined and suspended after allowing his wife inside the cockpit.

According to the airline-donghai-suspends-and-fines-pilot-allowing-wife” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>South China Morning Post, a Donghai Airlines pilot identified only as Chen reportedly allowed his wife into the cockpit on two flights July 28, the first from Nantong to Zhengzhou and the second from Lanzhou to Beijing.

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The pilot purchased a ticket for his wife on the flight from Nantong to Zhengzhou, but permitted her to board the second flight without paying. It was unclear when the woman entered the cockpit or how long she spent there.

“He violated operating procedures and air safety regulations,” a Donghai Airlines spokesperson said in a statement. “Chen abused his rights as a pilot, overlooked the rules and the bottom line, and acted against the advice of others.”

Chen was suspended for six months, fined $1,750, had his qualifications as a flying instructor revoked and ordered to pay for his wife’s journey from Zhengzhou to Lanzhou and then to Beijing.

Chen’s airlines” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow”>co-pilots, identified only as Wang and Zhao, were also handed suspensions of 15 days and fined around $900 each. In addition, the flight safety officer surnamed Sun was issued a fine of around $75.

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IATA: Damage to Air Travel Will Extend Into 2023

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Any comeback by the beleaguered airline industry will extend into 2023, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airlines’ main trade group.

Long-haul travel will continue to lag behind and passenger fears about flying in general will contribute to the delay, Lonely Planet reported.

IATA estimates that passenger traffic won’t rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023. It expects that global passenger demand in 2021 will be 24 percent below 2019 levels and 32 percent lower than the forecast the association made in October 2019.

The new data is based on a slower opening of economies and relaxation of travel restrictions. Lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders could return if the virus comes back strong in the fall and winter with a second wave, as some health officials have predicted.

In addition, another contributing factor is quarantine measures that have been instituted by various countries as well as individual states in the U.S. According to IATA, 69 percent of recent travelers that it surveyed said they would not consider traveling if it involved a 14-day quarantine period once they arrive at their destination. IATA is asking governments to find alternatives to the quarantine measures.

Of course, all of this is contingent upon the public’s willingness to fly—and instilling confidence in that will take time, said IATA’s director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” he said. “We need a solution for safe travel that addresses two challenges. It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

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