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Bizarre Crew Behavior: paranoia or genuinely worrying?
I was on a Hong Kong Express flight from HKG to CNX recently.
The crew was young. The FAs were young women (1 thai and 1 HK) and the pilots were both Western.
The pilot excused himself from the flight deck about ~8 times on the 2.5 hour flight. Each time, the stewardess would go into the flight deck with the remaining pilot. *HOWEVER* when the excused pilot would return to the flight deck, he would the FA would stay in the flight deck with both pilots, door locked, for approx 10 minutes.
After a few instances of this, I started watching more keenly. The FA would retrieve her carryon and look around furtively.
I hate to be distrusting, but alarm bells were going off. I could speculate, but I won’t. Even if the pilot was sick, why would all 3 lock themselves in multiple times? There was a constant rotation among the 4. The flight deck doors opened probably 10 times during the short flight.
My spidey senses (and someone who “parties”) tells me something untoward was going on.
Am I right to be concerned or am I just overly paranoid?
Hmm, not sure exactly.
I have a few friends who are FA’s for Air Canada, and they apparently sometimes hang out in the cockpit with the pilots in between mean services, just chatting. This is probably against FAA regulations and the pilots would be distracted, but it seems to be common amongst the FA’s that I know.
So they could just have been talking, but that’s an optimistic point of view. It does seem odd that it was 10 times during a 2hr flight. I would report this to HK Express just incase