Part 4: Autonomous activities

Part 4: Autonomous activities

Things to think about, research and discuss:

  • Have you ever been on a flight when passengers have behaved badly? If so, what were the circumstances? How did the cabin crew react? Do you think the incident was dealt with effectively?
  • What is your opinion of airport and airline security?
  • What do you think about the practice of strapping unruly passengers to their seats?
  • Do you know of any incidents in which excessive force has been used with unruly passengers? If so, what were the circumstances?
  • Do you think armed air marshals are a good idea? Why (not)?
  • Do you worry more about security issues in aviation now than in the past? Why (not)?
  • What do you think are the most significant security issues in aviation today?
  • At which airport (or with which airline) have you encountered the strictest security measures? Describe them.
  • Have you ever experienced a police check as a pilot? What happened?
  • Has your aircraft ever been searched by customs?
  • If, “There are two kinds of pilots: those who have experienced clear air turbulence and those that will”, which kind are you?
  • Have you encountered turbulence more generally as a pilot and / or passenger? What were the circumstances? How long did it last? How did you react?
  • Have you ever needed to use the oxygen masks during a flight? If so, what were the circumstances?

Extra reading:
You will find a lot of interesting news articles about airline security issues here:

Here is some information from the Australian Government about how aviation incidents are categorised: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/transport-security/security-incident-reporting/aviation-incident-categories

Here is video footage of a security incident in Australia: https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/furious-passenger-caught-on-camera-attempting-to-gain-access-to-jetstar-plane/news-story/638179dcb981a53117407db56eebb2f2

Try writing down an account of what happened