Well for starters the door is opened more as before the flight crew can come out it has to be opened to let the FA in, then opened to let the flight crew out, then opened again for the flight crew to re enter and then once again for the fa to come out.
So thats 4 times the flight deck door needs to be opened for the flight crew to go to the loo versus 2 previously. So thats double.
Or it could be opened once to let the pilot out and the FA in, closed again, and then opened again to let the FA out and the pilot in. Which is the same number of times it would be opened as before.
thepinkmachine wrote:Back to my today's flight's observations - when the other guy leaves, I am left alone with the airplane to manage, radio to listen, AND the F/A on the jumpseat talking to me, sometimes at the same time as I am trying to listen/reply to an Indian or Chinese ATC controller on the radio and carry out his instructions. This has happened to me today - twice. Not that tats the F/A's fault - they are not trained in cockpit operations/communications and just don't know any better.
Sounds like a great time to say "sorry, I'd love to talk but I'm a bit busy now, do you mind being quiet for a moment?"
longhauler wrote:Since the start of jet transport flying, there have only been about a dozen occurrences of suicides by pilots using the aircraft. (I say "about" as there is some question). Of those occurrences, only two happened when the pilot was alone in the cockpit. In other words, having more than one in the cockpit did not help.
However, in the last 20 years there has been about a hundred occurrences where for whatever reason, one of the pilots had to be locked out of the cockpit as his sanity was in question. That is where the problem lies. If one remaining pilot is alone in the cockpit with an F/A, and he turns to her and says "I am concerned about X, and we should lock him out ... she now has to decide who to believe ... the one remaining pilot, or the one on the other side of the door banging to get in. And .. that is NOT within her jurisdiction. Her function is to open the door when commanded. So ... the secure cockpit is no longer secure!
That's a reasonable argument, though I wonder how many of those instances occurred with a two-person-in-cockpit rule. All of the ones that happened in the US certainly did, and the outcome was still a successful one. If the FA thinks something abnormal is going on, they can always open the door and let the other pilot back in.