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Ryanair FO faints in flight

Old 3rd Sep 2018, 17:37
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Originally Posted by sonicbum
The thing is, if your employer does not provide you with food or refreshments (that's the way they are) then the importance of having food with you or means to buy food (i.e money) becomes important as much as having your licences and documentation with your prior to a flight. Just stick 20 bucks somewhere in your flight bag as emergency money in case you find yourself stuck in an Italian regional airport pulled out from stby at the very last minute and you forgot basically everything home except your licence. The brain works much better with a sandwich and some soda while you try to figure out how the heck you are going to get home.
Regarding overzealous security around, if you do have a legitimate doubt that they are not entitled to confiscate your food (ask them why) then take a picture of your gourmet meal and start a reporting process which could go up as much as to the UK CAA if needed.
And I am saying the employer should provide you with food and beverages. Especially in such cases.
And once again. It can happen that you forget to bring your money. That day was just **** and it made me angry that I had to cancel my lunch plans and the day was ruined. I just then didn't want to purchase overpriced food and drinks. In hindsight it would have been the safer way of course to just borrow a few bucks.
Lucky me I don't have to deal with UK security anymore 😊
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Old 3rd Sep 2018, 18:25
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Originally Posted by beachbumflyer
He shouldn't have to bring his own lunch, it should be provided by the company, like in the real airlines and in the good old times.
750, pilots like you -if you are a pilot- is the reason why the pilot profession is how it is now and keeps going down the tubes.
Sorry, but no. Airline pilot for 20 years, scheduled and corporate. I have had the full spread down to nothing. It is your responsibility as a pilot to make sure you are healthy. If you work for a company that doesnít provide free food you get your own. The reason our profession is going down the tubes is pilots accepting non union companies. The only thing stopping management from treating us like sh#t is us, but we have to step up.
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Old 3rd Sep 2018, 22:07
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Almost everyone on this thread has decided the poor chap fainted due to lack of food or water. I have known a pilot faint due to having his collar buttoned up and when he turned his head quickly it just slightly restricted his throat. Once his tight top button was unfastened he was fine. The question in the above case is will the CAA ground the guy for a long time and make him undergo a load of tests and be reluctant to give his medical back.
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Old 9th Sep 2018, 08:11
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Thread drift, I know, but many seem to have problems with food, so for what it’s worth, this is my method*

Before going to sleep prior to your duty, and after ironing your shirt, make a salad in a clear Tupperware box, (so the contents can be seen if required), about a 6 x 4 x 3 inch box does me, but adjust for your own requirements.

Bung in things like : lettuce, tomatoes, olives, peppers, sweetcorn, avocado, cucumber, beetroot, spring onion, mixed salad leaves, celery, artichoke, raw mushrooms etc, etc. Chop it all up** so it is easy to eat with just a fork. Don’t put salad dressing on, just a little bit of pure virgin olive oil.

For protein, you can add chopped up cheese, or prawns or ham, chicken, tuna. I put frozen prawns in - they keep the salad chilled and by the time I come to eat the salad, they have defrosted perfectly. Stick an apple, an easy peel orange, some unsalted nuts with the Tupperware in a lunch cool bag, and you have a very healthy and very tasty meal that will pass security with no problem. Pop the cool bag in the fridge until you get up to go to work. Takes about 10 mins to prepare.

Enjoy !

Anything over the liquid limit that could be hiding explosive or chemical material, such as yoghurt, chilli, curry, lasagne etc, might very well be confiscated by security. It is easy to see what is in a salad made as described.

*I often make my own food because it is much healthier than the sugar and fat laden goop we are sometimes given.

**I use kitchen scissors to chop the items straight into the box. Much easier and quicker than chopping with a knife on a board.

PS, Always carry your wallet and some cash, always carry a credit card. You never know when you might have an unscheduled night stop or get stuck down route.

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Old 9th Sep 2018, 11:59
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Uplinker

Congratulations!
You just invented the Catering Company.
I for one stay at 3 star hotels were one or two are missing.
Danish rug brÝd the the first few days and reindeer sausage.
Then flatbread and sandwichmeat.
The Low Cost Gypsy Captain brings his own stuff.

Argggghhhh.
Why am I even responding to this when I am all for grounding the world Aviation Industry for 14 days until we get back the old T&C.
Anyway.
Got a lobster last time so time for some Fish Crab and Lobster.
Bacalotime!
You all watch you diet now
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Old 9th Sep 2018, 18:52
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Wow are there really so many companies where pilots aren't offered free food or water?

I work for a low cost and everyday we get a big bottle of water, one hot meal from a menu (sometimes we can ask for a second round as there's always plenty of food),salad,bread, yogurt,then a sandwich and some snacks/cocholate. All free. Quality is between acceptable and good.

Unbelievable that some companies won't give their crew any water in order to save money. Not even a discount from what ive heard.
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Old 9th Sep 2018, 19:47
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So how is the pilot concerned?

Is he/she back in the air?
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Old 10th Sep 2018, 08:21
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Originally Posted by FightFireWithFire
Wow are there really so many companies where pilots aren't offered free food or water?
Rephrase: are there really so many pilots willing to work for those companies? That's what is unbelievable. The companies are doing exactly what they are supposed to do: milk the cow to the last drop.

Pilots, on the other hand...
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Old 10th Sep 2018, 09:57
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Same thing happened to a captain on a Swiss flight couple of days ago.
Do we assume is down to lack of free food and water too?
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Old 10th Sep 2018, 14:53
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Originally Posted by Uplinker
Thread drift, I know, but many seem to have problems with food, so for what itís worth, this is my method*

Before going to sleep prior to your duty, and after ironing your shirt, make a salad in a clear Tupperware box, (so the contents can be seen if required), about a 6 x 4 x 3 inch box does me, but adjust for your own requirements.

Bung in things like : lettuce, tomatoes, olives, peppers, sweetcorn, avocado, cucumber, beetroot, spring onion, mixed salad leaves, celery, artichoke, raw mushrooms etc, etc. Chop it all up** so it is easy to eat with just a fork. Donít put salad dressing on, just a little bit of pure virgin olive oil.

For protein, you can add chopped up cheese, or prawns or ham, chicken, tuna. I put frozen prawns in - they keep the salad chilled and by the time I come to eat the salad, they have defrosted perfectly. Stick an apple, an easy peel orange, some unsalted nuts with the Tupperware in a lunch cool bag, and you have a very healthy and very tasty meal that will pass security with no problem. Pop the cool bag in the fridge until you get up to go to work. Takes about 10 mins to prepare.

Enjoy !

Anything over the liquid limit that could be hiding explosive or chemical material, such as yoghurt, chilli, curry, lasagne etc, might very well be confiscated by security. It is easy to see what is in a salad made as described.

*I often make my own food because it is much healthier than the sugar and fat laden goop we are sometimes given.

**I use kitchen scissors to chop the items straight into the box. Much easier and quicker than chopping with a knife on a board.

PS, Always carry your wallet and some cash, always carry a credit card. You never know when you might have an unscheduled night stop or get stuck down route.
Better than that. You can request a lunch break, like most workers have. Then you can eat a proper hot meal at the airport restaurant. But airport restaurants are expensive, so you'll have to ask for a meal allowance. The company probably wouldn't want to disrupt the flight schedules so you can tell them that you would be willing to eat on the plane if they provide you with a proper meal and let you keep the allowance. This way you don't have to worry the night before about making your own food. And if you earn a decent salary you can afford a maid to iron your shirts.
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Assuming that a self prepared could be safely negotiated past security, would a flight crew member be allowed by Ryanair's draconian rules to actually take it on board for consumption ?
Thanks for your time and trouble
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Old 10th Sep 2018, 18:38
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If you think about it, providing food and drink for flight crew is very cheap insurance indeed for the airline. For the cost of a few sarnies and teabags, they can ensure that their pilots wonít be taking off or landing with low blood sugar. Like hypoxia, itís insidious.
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Old 11th Sep 2018, 18:44
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I am astonished at the way this thread has developed. My briefest lines of thought.

Have you EVER fainted? A very significant question in the early medical forms.

16 hour days with a captain that ran on beer, cigarettes and a greasy breakfast in the Pax hotel Rotterdam. Ring a bell any of you SEN guys in the early 60's?

Oh, that brings back a memory. Our hard-working girl (singular) and the 40-odd passengers we managed to get in a DC3. I hid her collapsed body behind the radio rack, though the passengers were not fooled judging by their popping eyeballs. Still, my captain had flown over the hump in Burma, with the scenery going by under his feet due to lack of aircraft skin. No sympathy from him. No fainting allowed by the ones up front.

What you put in your sandwiches??!! Oh, FFS, get real. No water for 12 hours, okay, that would be tedious, but you would be too feeble-minded to be a pilot because of lack of balls. No food for say, 10, and you pass out? You need to know the reason. Fever? Fine, just being human. Food poisoning? Valid stuff. Tummy a bit empty? This is where you walk into the boss' office and let him know what snot-spraying rage is about. Or, you prove your questionable worth by handing your over-mayonnaised sandwiches to security . . . only to find them eating them when you happen to backtrack to your ops for a forgotten document. Yes, it happened, and if I'd been that crew member, it's likely I'd have needed the services of Flying Lawyer.

If you faint, something is wrong. It may be very minor but all interested parties need to know why it happened - the functioning of the two brains up front is akin to neurological ETOPS. Collar too tight? It's like swooning because your seat is not comfy. You don't notice when you turn your head that your neck is being restricted? Oh for you as a judo opponent. Have you any idea how well the jugular and carotid(s) are protected?

I doubt the authorities will just shrug and let this by. I wish they would, it would be heartbreaking to think of a licence being lost for anything but the clearest of reasons, but when half the main processing power of an airliner is switched off, everyone needs to know precisely why.
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Loose Rivets.
Finally someone pointing out the obvious here. thanks!
The Good old Chief Dr in Oslo , now long retired showed no mercy on anyone foolish enough to tick that box.
Grounded until such time he was 110% sure it did not occur again.
ie : He had to know why!

It was after all his responsibility and business.
I hope proper tests was taken and that the Fo recovers and can fly in the future.
If medically fit at ALL times.
Regards
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