I had myself a good laugh when reading the discussion going on on pprune...and it makes me somewhat nervous to read what so-called professional pilots do have to say about this..are these guys really responsible for the lives of hundreds of people??? ...Good Lord...
Last year my first flight after the sept. 11th events was on sept. 16th, PMI-FRA, ending my holidays, on AeroLloyd. After the big ballyhoo at the airport of Palma I was quite amazed to find the cockpit door wide open and furthermore to hear the pilot inviting all guests aboard to visit the cockpit, if they like to. Dinner, by the way, was served with a regular set of knife, fork and spoon!
The next day I wrote an email to AeroLloyd to inquire if this is the right strategy in these times. Funny enough I received an answer from the marketing office containing the usual blablabla, and another one from the fleet captain (!!!). It was a very long and funny mail about hysterical reactions, customer relations, that seemed quite logical to me, especially since I did not complain about the pilots behaviour but merely asked about strategy.
At some point he asked me if I tried to cut my bread roll with the knife...actually yes, I had done so, or rather I had tried to murder it by amputating most of it to the tray below.
Right...what do I want to say with this lenghty sermon?
1. There's no reason for anybody and certainly not a so-called professional pilot to flame a passenger for making pics aboard an aircraft.
2. There's no reason to flame the pilot of the aircraft, except maybe some hysterical ones, and that is something I do not need in aviation!!!
3. There's no reason to talk about doctoring pics, if you don't know nothing about photography!
4. I don't know if you remember, Konstantin, a few months ago, I asked you about using a digicam...well I can tell you: There's no reason not to use one; I bought a Nikon Coolpix 995 and went to FRA airport..it's downright amazing!!!
I know it's only VfB but I like it!