How often have you operated as crew a 9 hour plus redeye flight leaving at
0100 your body time with your only break a 2/1/2 hr spell in a 'first class seat'
Sitting right next to another passenger and their noises, with the F/A'S tramping up and down the aisle, light's going on and off and a seat that doesn't recline sufficiently to get anything close to flat.
I heartily applaud ALPA'S stance on the inadequate crew rest on Delta's -400's
I only wish we had done the same at Continental I've lost count of the time's I've 'awakened' from my pretzel contorting 'crew rest' seat on the -400 feeling
worse than when I first sat down, to go forward and fly a challenging approach and landing when myself and the other pilot's feel at their worst.
The only satisfactory crew rest area is a real bunk truly separated from the rest of the pax and crew, they don't even give us a f*****g curtain. Try doing this month after month, year after year as you get older it doesn't get easier, this is a serious safety problem and not a 'greedy union issue'
How would you like your surgeon to operate on you after 2hrs 'sleep' in a vibrating broom closet?!
The best contribution to safety is a competent Pilot.