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Posted by Q ( on February 05, 2000 at 15:17:57:

In Reply to: Tough one posted by Todd on February 05, 2000 at 08:07:05:

One of the key roles of the cabin crew is to watch for the evolution of an unsafe condition evolving in the passenger area. This requires that the cabin crew be present and pay attention to the details of everything in their domain. Every member of the flight crew requires a license and a valid medical certificate. Failure to disclose CH to the flight surgeon may be a Federal offense, a serious one at that. The FAA is a very powerful agency. I've seen what they can do to a person's life when they get sideways with each other. I just don't see how a flight crew member could hide CH for very long. I don't ever recall having a CH-attack when under very stressful conditions. They usually occur AFTER the stress-inducing situation is over. BUT, what will happen when the CH-attack just happens to start, AND THEN INDEPENDENTLY an emergency situation arises? The CH-attack took the crewmember out of the game BEFORE the crisis. Suppose this crew member tried to act DESPITE of the CH-attack and due to the distraction of the pain made a mistake? This scenario is realistic and not contrived. I really feel bad delving into this, but it seems to me that there is too much at risk. The FAA has the power to imprision and fine for misrepresenting information on the medical report. The CH-condition is something we have to accept, along with the shitty things that go along with it. Somethings we can fight, others require that we change our plans, adjust or sails to suit the conditons and apply our energies to the things we can change.

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