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Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford

The psychologist James Reason, author of Human Error, wrote: “Manual control is a highly skilled activity, and skills need to be practised continuously in order to maintain them. Yet an automatic control system that fails only rarely denies operators the opportunity for practising these basic control skills … when manual takeover is necessary something has usually gone wrong; this means that operators need to be more rather than less skilled in order to cope with these atypical conditions.”

Bonin seemed nervous. The slightest hint of trouble produced an outburst of swearing: “Putain la vache. Putain!” – the French equivalent of “Fucking hell. Fuck!” More than once he expressed a desire to fly at “3-6” – 36,000 feet – and lamented the fact that Air France procedures recommended flying a little lower.

In any case, Bonin silently retook control of the plane and tried to climb again. It was an act of pure panic. Robert and Dubois had, perhaps, realised that the plane had stalled – but they never said so. They may not have realised that Bonin was the one in control of the plane. And Bonin never grasped what he had done. His last words were: “But what’s happening?”
airplane  airline  accident  psychology  computer  technology  human  error 
october 2016 by aries1988
Game of Thrones - The New Yorker
New first-class seating units can cost more than half a million dollars each. Credit Illustration by Harry Campbell Seven years ago, I flew business class on…
flight  travel  comfort  instapaper_favs  airline  business  experience 
february 2016 by aries1988
The world's 1 Star Airlines | SKYTRAX
The 1-Star Airline rating represents a poor airport and cabin Product , combining with low and/or inconsistent standards of airline front-line Staff Service
rating  airline  comparison 
september 2015 by aries1988
Air Koryo: Still the world's worst airline
KIM JONG UN, North Korea's dictator, is regularly compared to a Bond villain. His long list of misdeeds, self-aggrandisement and geopolitical posturing would be...
airline  rating  comparison 
september 2015 by aries1988
国际机票如何免费还倒找6000

  没错!你没有看错,几年前笔者花了4000块买了张往返欧洲的国际机票去欧洲旅游(至于机票为什么这么便宜也许今后有机会再讲),从米兰回国时赶上国航米兰北京航线第一次超售,急需3名志愿者。由于笔者的行程灵活可变,“志愿”解决了国航一个超售机位。为此,国航根据法律法规,当场赔偿了笔者600欧元,安排了后续行程以及由于变更行程造成的食宿。而600欧元又可以选择改为机票代金券,于是笔者当场获得了1200欧元(约合人民币9600元)的机票代金券,一年内轻松愉快地消耗掉了。
from:rss  travel  airline  tips 
august 2015 by aries1988

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