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Old 18.02.2009, 08:43
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Swiss Airlines pilot exposes himself in London

From today's Sun "newspaper". Not quite what one would expect from Swiss Airlines but one can hardly blame him if he was getting a particularly warm London goodbye.




A PILOT furious at being searched before flying dropped his pants and exposed himself to security staff, then raged: “Do you want to search this?”

His flight had to be cancelled as police were called and the pilot was quizzed — but not arrested.
Thirty-seven passengers on the Swiss International Airlines flight from London City Airport were delayed for two hours yesterday as the row erupted.
A source said: “The pilot was asked to take off his shoes and belt like everyone — but completely lost the plot.
“He pulled down his trousers and pants to completely expose himself, then turned to the security guard and asked angrily, ‘Do you want to search this?’”
The incident happened at the East London terminal’s downstairs security gate, which is not used by the public.
The source said: “All pilots have to go through these procedures so no one can understand why he reacted the way he did. Perhaps he was having a bad day.”
An airport spokeswoman said staff followed Government guidelines on searching pilots. The passengers caught the next flight.
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Old 18.02.2009, 08:48
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Re: Swiss Airlines pilot exposes himself in London

I think British airports are on a higher state of alert following this story:
=Second drug charge against S. African airline crew=JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's national carrier says it is working with airport management and law-enforcement to improve security after a second accusation of drug-smuggling against its crew in less than a month.

South African Airways said Tuesday 15 crew members arrested in London the night before had been released on their own recognizance and ordered to appear in a London court in April.
British customs officials say the 15 were arrested after 11 pounds (5 kilograms) of cocaine worth 250,000 pounds ($357,000) was found in a bag on a crew bus.
In January, an SAA pilot and flight attendants were arrested at Heathrow after cocaine and cannabis were found in bags. A South African security official and a flight attendant face charges in that incident.


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Re: Swiss Airlines pilot exposes himself in London

Customs searching airline crews for contraband is one thing. When I worked at Heathrow years ago, we were always finding drugs on board shipped from the US that were supposed to be picked up by the cleaning crews...if they got to it before we did.

Searching airline crews for weapons is a waste of time and is denigrating to the crew. After all, it is not as though flight deck crew need a penknife to bring down an airplane, is it? I guess the pilot flipped and, having seen some of the jobsworths that throw their weight around at security checks (not just in the UK) I can empathise.
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A PILOT furious at being searched before flying dropped his pants and exposed himself to security staff, then raged: “Do you want to search this?”

nothing ever exciting happens whenever i fly to city airport
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Re: Swiss Airlines pilot exposes himself in London

Not sure if this is still the case, but about 3-4 years ago (i.e. well after 9/11) I noticed that souvenir and gadget shop at Geneva airport (airside) were still happily selling Swiss army knives of all sizes. I actually enquired whether they could be taken on board and the lady was quite cagey in her response.. sort of like "I will wrap it up for you and then you need to keep it in your bag and not take it out on the plane"...

Based on that backdrop of lax security, I can perhaps see where this pilot is coming from.
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Yep! It seems that the pilot was just having a bad day. I bet he flew home at break neck speed after that. Anyway, I just had to email a copy of this story to my wife. She flys in and out of The City Of London Airport to and from Geneva about once a week and she has been complaining to me about a creepy little Customs gut at Geneva, who continually pulls her over and looks into her bag. Obviously, this is not a security check, as it is after she has landed and on her return. She only ever takes hand luggage, for her overnight business trip and my wife is convinced that this perv just wants to see her dirty knickers. Would you think it too risky, for her to try the pilots stunt next time, by pulling her pants down and saying to Mr Creepy, "Do you want to search this?!" Nah! Maybe not. He might find the refridgerator that she's smuggling in.
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I can understand the pilot's frustration.

Check a Pilot's Airline ID and Licence and X-Ray their baggage for explosives. Sure.

But it's a waste of time asking Flight Deck crew to remove their shoes and belts and confiscating their sandwiches and drinks.

There is a Crash-Axe in the Cockpit and with a little flick of the Autopilot disconnect switch, any aircraft can be flipped over in a matter of seconds whilst the 1st Officer is struggling with the Daily Telegraph crossword

I don't want stressed pilots flying me and my family.
Stressed out because of stupid security legislation.
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Here's what the experts say:

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Re: Swiss Airlines pilot exposes himself in London

Has this been picked up in the Swiss press? I'd be interested to know what they think and whether he'll face any disciplinary action as a result of the cancelled flight?
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I can understand the pilot's frustration.

Check a Pilot's Airline ID and Licence and X-Ray their baggage for explosives. Sure.

But it's a waste of time asking Flight Deck crew to remove their shoes and belts and confiscating their sandwiches and drinks.

There is a Crash-Axe in the Cockpit and with a little flick of the Autopilot disconnect switch, any aircraft can be flipped over in a matter of seconds whilst the 1st Officer is struggling with the Daily Telegraph crossword

I don't want stressed pilots flying me and my family.
Stressed out because of stupid security legislation.
A rogue pilot coud cause a major disater!
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A rogue pilot coud cause a major disater!
You're right!

I think we should ban everyone from the cockpit, just to be on the safe side.
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I think we should ban everyone from the cockpit, just to be on the safe side.
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From today's Sun "newspaper". Not quite what one would expect from Swiss Airlines but one can hardly blame him if he was getting a particularly warm London goodbye.




A PILOT furious at being searched before flying dropped his pants and exposed himself to security staff, then raged: “Do you want to search this?”

His flight had to be cancelled as police were called and the pilot was quizzed — but not arrested.
Thirty-seven passengers on the Swiss International Airlines flight from London City Airport were delayed for two hours yesterday as the row erupted.
A source said: “The pilot was asked to take off his shoes and belt like everyone — but completely lost the plot.
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The incident happened at the East London terminal’s downstairs security gate, which is not used by the public.
The source said: “All pilots have to go through these procedures so no one can understand why he reacted the way he did. Perhaps he was having a bad day.”
An airport spokeswoman said staff followed Government guidelines on searching pilots. The passengers caught the next flight.

Maybe he was just feeling hot in the ballroom (if also under the collar).
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