Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Off With His Head!

Stephen Harper dismissed a pilot this week who forced him to turn off his cell phone and Blackberry before a flight. A stewardess had first asked the Prime Minister to turn them off, and when he refused she got the pilot. Harper finally agreed, but after the flight he sent an aide to inform the pilot that his services would no longer be required on the PM's flights.

I have heard arguments that wireless devices are not really a threat to airplanes. Still, it's the law that they be turned off while a plane is in flight. No-one should be penalized or even criticized for upholding the law, especially a law relating to airplane safety.

I hope every relevant aviation authority, oppostion member and worker's group speaks out against this action. Harper should issue a retraction, as well as an apology to the pilot, the stewardess, and all air travellers.


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