30 Mar

Yesterday, I read an article by Piers Morgan and I went, ‘Thank God! Here is someone who thinks like me!’ and because this is the second time we have expressed same opinion, it just has to be said; I really like Piers Morgan.

Okay, now on to my article…

For what used to be rare occurrence, it seems like the world is having plane disasters too often these days. The very fact that when this happens, it ends up claiming the lives of so many people in such a brutal and final way, is even more disheartening. You feel the impact of the loss whether or not you personally knew someone on the plane.

As would all airplane crashes, in the days following the devastating Germanwings crash, the world is still trying to comprehend the details of such a tragedy with all fingers pointing towards the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. As we now know, he intentionally crashed the plane, taking along with him, the lives of 149 people of which included school children, babies and other people with promising futures. How thoughtless!! No kind of depression can excuse such inhumane act and heaven forgive me, but I hope his death was slow and painful (Yes! I said it).

Now, here is where I have major beef, it has come to light that Andreas Lubitz was depressed and even ruled unfit to fly by two different doctors. While I agree that he, Andreas Lubitz, is an adult who should be responsible for his own actions and as such is the no. 1 culprit in this sickening incident, I also believe that the airline is culpable and this is why…

Airline corporations as do many other large corporations make tons of money everyday. They are in business and this is their right but with this right also comes the responsibility of safeguarding the lives of its passengers to the best of their ability. This responsibility should in no way be handled lightly especially when one is in such a life-sensitive business.

An airline spokesperson has been reportedly quick to say that ‘it was Lubitz’s responsibility to tell his employers he was unfit to fly’ and to this, I say, STUPID AND CALLOUS!!!! Do they seriously expect a suicidal person to come to them and say ‘hey, I have been depressed of late, been to a couple of doctors and they have ruled me unfit to fly. So here, take my license, I will just go home to no job and wallow in my depression until I kill myself’? One has to be mentally stable to do that and obviously Lubitz was anything but stable. Without a question, he knew the likely outcome for such scenario would be the loss of his job and license, which has been recounted as being his life. I am in no way trying to explain away his actions, just stating that the responsibility of discerning the mental/physical capabilities of a pilot (or any other life-sensitive professional) cannot be left to him alone.

Furthermore, I believe that most businesses are too selfish and concerned with making money to really care about the lives of their employees (despite what they say). They may say they do, but I highly doubt that they actually do. Just as long as you keep clocking your hours, do your job and even beyond, the organisation is happy to pretend that everything is perfect with the world. Now, I am not saying that it is their job to play mommy with their staff, what I am saying is, if employees have trust in the organisation they work for and devote their time and lives to, they probably would feel secure enough to trust them with personal problems that could hamper their ability to do their jobs without such trust resulting in a backlash of some sort. If beyond ensuring the monetary productivity of their staff, corporations (team leaders and managers) are also tasked with the welfare of their staff (In a sincere matter), I doubt that such an obvious illness as depression could have been missed.

I personally hate flying, too many variables out of my physical control, but since I am human without wings (physical or spiritual), like most people, I find myself on a plane every now and then. So what do I do? I pray! I pray that God protects me from every natural and technical disaster that could occur. But it seems now I also have to pray for the mental health of the pilots as well.

In conclusion, instead of Lufthansa coming out to make silly statements of ‘safety-nets’ that are less than 99.9% full proof (I leave the 0.1% because nothing is really absolute), it should shut its mouth! As far as I am concerned, it is responsible of not paying enough attention. Corporations (Especially those in life-sensitive businesses) should cease from their lazy and selfish way of doing business; promote a REAL internal open-door policy, with as much devotion to their employees, as they demand in return. Heaven knows it is important to get the best out of your staff and discourage such senseless tragedies.

After all is said and done, 149 people have still been killed and it is so da** sad, so sad…


1 Comment

Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized


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  1. Ormainy

    March 30, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Nicely written as usual… Organizations need to start thinking more about what is important for the people and not just be profit grabbing. People need to be more accountable, God help us


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