Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has voted in support of a resolution to improve air safety by ensuring that flight and cabin crew have sufficient alertness levels to carry out their duties.
Martina Anderson said:
“It is clear that flight time regulations have a strong impact on air transport safety. It is imperative that we apply the highest standards of regulation to ensure optimum safety for passengers and air crew alike.
But criticising the proposals brought forward by the Commission which she doesn’t believe address the issue of fatigue sufficiently, Ms Anderson commented:
“The European Commission proposals have been badly thought out with little apparent consideration for the very serious detrimental safety implications they would have for the pilots working in this industry and therefore, for passengers.
“Indeed, an exhausted Pilot is a dangerous Pilot – and Pilots themselves are the first to accept that and to acknowledge that a tired cabin crew will not be able to respond effectively in an emergency.
“We need to do all in our power to make sure that pilots are alert and passengers are safe. Human error is responsible for 73% of aviation accidents and crashes.
“Therefore it is foolish for the commission to make proposals which could increase pilot fatigue and increase the likelihood of fatal mistakes.
“The Commission’s irresponsible proposal does not take into consideration the safety of passengers and pilots alike – and as a frequent flyer that gives me no comfort whatsoever!