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Posted by Todd ( on February 05, 2000 at 08:07:05:

In Reply to: The FAA seems to understand CH... posted by Q on February 05, 2000 at 00:08:42:

I'll bet I'm like most of initial reaction to BillQ's post was:
"WHAT?!?!?!?! How dare you even suggest that a clusterhead is somehow 'defective' and should be prevented from pursuing the career of his/her choice."

Fortunately, it's early morning and my brain doesn't wake up this soon. Unable to coherently string letters into words and words into sentences, I pondered for a while.

I have to agree...I think.

Bill said he is 'cabin crew'. I take that to mean he works the passenger cabin, as opposed to the 'cockpit crew', who fly the plane. 99.99999 or some % of the time, cabin crews are engaged in customer service, and not really safety. I've never (even in cycle) gotten hit with an attack during a period of adrenalin rush, such as I would expect would occur if an in-flight crisis were to happen. Therefore, Bill's question really relates more to "how do you deal with clusters when you are in customer service and have no place to hide?" Since this isn't typically my situation, I'll leave the replies to the bartenders, retail folks, etc.

Much as we hate to consider the unpleasant aspects of Q's post, I think it would only be responsible for us to do so. There ARE some jobs that I'd be very uncomfortable knowing were being handled by a ch'r. Pilot and cop leap to mind. And yes, I'm afraid I'd have to include private pilot (don't much fancy the idea of my roof being pressed into service as an emergency landing strip).

That isn't to say anyone should lose their job because of ch's. The airline pilot could easily (I think) handle a position as Trainer. The cop could work a desk job. As ADA states, 'reasonable accomdations' should be made.

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