Heavy Workload for Airline Pilots Can Cause Smoking
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Shi Jian, senior editor at Aviation World Monthly magazine, said that as far as he knows, most Chinese pilots who have lit up inside the cockpit did so because they were exhausted and wished to have a cigarette for refreshment.
"There are too many airline pilots who are being overworked by their employers. It's not uncommon for some of them to fly in consecutive shifts with little rest," Shi said. "Smoking is not good and unhealthy, but airline management should consider how much an excessive workload and lengthy flights contribute to smoking in the cockpit, and how to resolve this problem."
His remarks were echoed by a senior airline pilot who wished to be identified as Feng.
Feng said he has flown commercial flights for more than 20 years since retiring from the Chinese Air Force in the mid-1990s and has been a smoker for about 30 years.
"I have never smoked aboard my plane, but I know that some of my colleagues have done so, very occasionally," he said, refusing to disclose which airline he works for.
"I am not justifying smoking in the cockpit, but it is true that those who lit up in the cockpit did so mainly because they were tired by a lengthy flight and hoped that a cigarette would help," he said, adding that...