A United Pilot Sleeps In First Class During The Flight? FAA Regulations Approve

A Pilot Shocks Passengers After He Takes A Nap During The Flight

A worried passenger snaps a photo of a United Airlines pilot sleeping on a flight from Newark to Glasgow in first class. On an overnight flight on August 22, the plane’s captain changed out of uniform in one of the lavatories and took a nap in an empty seat on the flight. The passenger told The Daily Record he felt the pilot’s actions posed a safety risk, not knowing that the captain was following safety regulations.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration fact sheet on pilot flight time, rest, and fatigue all pilots should get adequate of sleep during a flight and resting is apart of safety precautions.

“Flight time and rest rules for U.S. air carrier international flights are different from the rules for domestic flights. International flights can involve more than the standard two-pilot crew and are more complex due to the scope of the operations. For international flights that require more than 12 hours of flight time, air carriers must establish rest periods and provide adequate sleeping facilities outside of the cockpit for in-flight rest.”

Not knowing those rules and regulations the retired police inspector, now security advisor took photos of the sleeping captain in complete shock.

“I’ve traveled to the US many times and have never witnessed this.”

“He slept for an hour and a half; then the first officer went for sleep. the flight was about seven hours.

“I don’t think the captain of a flight packed with hundreds of people should be in such a vulnerable position. Surely if pilots are in need of a rest mid-fight, they should do it away from the passengers.”

There will usually be an area on planes reserved for crew above the forward galley to rest, but according to The Points Guy, this flight to Glasgow was a smaller aircraft which will have a seat within the plane to sleep.

A spokesperson from United Airlines made a statement reassuring the public that the pilot on the flight was only complying with mandatory rules and regulations for safety measures.

“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. On trans-Atlantic flights, our pilots are required by the FAA to take a rest break. The aircraft on this route was operated by a cockpit crew of three and this pilot was following the FAA-mandated crew rest requirements.”

By: Brianna Wigfall | Web: | Instagram: Brianne. Live

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