I have to admit that it is a heated issue and I can understand why!
On my job as a bus driver we have buses that are equipped with the latest CCTV cameras. There are four fitted to each bus. Two are overlooking the driver at all times. This is to benefit the driver in the case of any physical and verbal abuse by a passenger as well as other possibilities. The live images are transmitted back to the Ops Room at Head Office during the day time hours and are recorded on late night operations. We all feel alot safer having this system.(And so should any airline pilot once they got use to it. )
On the down side you can easily "forget" yourself and probably end up picking your nose or try to scratch one of those embarrassing itches in your lower regions of your body or let go of some verbal abuse at some idiot that just cut you up on the road. :o
You can view it as protection and evidence but with your privacy compromised in a minor way.
The Black Box does not provide this "caught on camera" kind of evidence needed so badly in some cases.
With the ever increasing threat from terrorism and in the wake of 9/11, the airline industry needs this kind technology fitting as standard.
In the case of accidents as mentioned,it will either clear or condemn any pilot error.
If I remember rightly when the Black Box was first introduced, weren't pilots world-wide originally opposed to that, claiming invasion of privacy then?
Only in the event of accidents, acts of terrorism, technical faults etc should the tapes be viewed.
All aircrews are in a position of trust.I expect the vast majority carry out their duties on board accordingly.( If any of them DO decide to engage in er.. lets say "close encounters" , be a bit discreet ! )
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