As far as ATC goes, sometimes controllers don't recieve the correct strips for the respective flights on their screens. The FMC is sometimes not used when the aircraft is approaching the airport, as the pilot manually inputs height and direction commands into the autopilot. If the controller has alot of flights on his scope, he'll stack 'em and thus the FMC won't be used. Let's say the controller didn't have the correct strip, and say he asks the pilot where he's going, and he (the pilot) says "Rome", the controller assumes he means FCO
, and vectores him for Fiumicino instead of Ciampino. Listening to United's ATC audio feed when flying in the US, flying into Chicago (two major airports; ORD
), I never heard "ORD
" or indeed "O'hare" being mentioned. Same might be possible in this case.
In addition to that, who here thinks that low-cost pilots are the best at what they do? They work more hours than other pilots, and might not be paying that much attention.
By the way, imagine the pilot's reaction when he sees jumbos from around the globe at FCO
and not the leisure and low-cost he would see att CIA
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.