Can blind pilots fly a plane? That's ridiculous right? Of course it is. But just in case, what if? How would passengers react? Roger Tower, TransMere 4231 Ready for Takeoff, RWY 14 Left.
Pilot with a White Cane?
One day at a busy airport, the passengers on a commercial airliner are seated waiting for the pilot and co-pilot to show up so the plane can take off. The pilot and co-pilot finally appear in the rear of the plane, and begin walking up to the cockpit through the aisle.
Both appear to be blind. The pilot is using a while cane, bumping into passengers as he walks down the aisle, and the co-pilot is using a guide dog. Both have huge sunglasses covering their eyes. At first the passengers don't react thinking it is a practical joke.
After a few minutes the engines start up and the plane starts down the runway. The passengers look at each other with uneasiness and look toward the flight attendants for reassurance. The plane gets going really fast and approaches take-off speed. The passengers begin to panic. As the plane gets closer and closer to the end of the runway, the voices of people praying get more and more hysterical.
Finally, when the plane is less than 10 feet from the end of the runway, all the passengers begin to scream at once. At the last moment the plane lifts off and is airborne.
Up in the cockpit, the co-pilot breathes a sigh of relief and says to the Captain:
"You know, one of these days the passengers aren't going to scream and we're going to get killed."
Blind Pilot - Don't Judge Too Quickly
I was recently flying from NY LaGuardia to Orlando FL. It was a challenging day and after a 40 minute delay everyone on board was stressed. To add to the frustration, we made an unscheduled stop in Baltimore.
The flight attendants announced we would be on the ground for nearly an hour, and we could go into the terminal if desired. Re-boarding would be in thirty minutes.
With all the waiting and sitting, everyone got off the plane at the gate. All except one fellow who was blind. It was clear he was an experienced flyer, as his seeing eye dog sat quietly under his seat. And it had done so since the beginning of this tedious journey.
That's when I noticed one of the pilots walk up to him and call him by name. He must take this trip back and forth pretty often. The pilot said, "Bruce, we've made an unscheduled stop in Baltimore. Would you like to get off the plane and stretch your legs for a bit?"
Bruce replied, "No thanks Frank, but I'll bet my dog Bobby would like to stretch his legs. Would you mind taking him for a short walk?"
As the last passenger to get off the plane, I was the only one to see this exchange of conversation.
When Frank the pilot walked into the gate area with the seeing eye dog you could hear a pin drop. Time stopped. No one moved. Every single passenger was staring at the pilot. And the seeing eye dog. And the pilot. And the seeing eye dog. And Frank still wearing his sunglasses.
Suddenly everyone came alive, as if back from the dead. And they rushed the gate agent.
"Miss, quick, I need to change my flight!! And can you book me on another airline!!!"