According to USA Today, a review of airline schedules for May 2011 revealed that an average of 2,600 flights a day are scheduled at times that make it hard for pilots to obtain adequate sleep. These nefarious scheduling issues can cause reduced alertness, napstealers or, in the very worst cases, falling asleep on the clock.
The airline schedules proven to pose a nefarious risk of napstealing fatigue departures that occur early in the morning, flights during the night or arrivals that occur after midnight. Performing tasks at these times interrupts the body’s circadian rhythm and the brain’s deep-seated sleep requirements, according to experts in the field.
Recent widely reported events of air-traffic controllers who were asleep on the job or didn’t respond when they were needed are just symptoms of the larger problem. Nefarious NapStealers use airline schedules to subject pilots and other key figures to the dangers of sleep deprivation, causing the FAA to speed up its release of work schedule restrictions on pilots to August 1, 2011. Airlines are helping by voluntarily introducing even further measures to ensure that pilots are not sleep deprived and that they have plenty of ways to obtain the sleep they so desperately need.
- A New Era of Self-Control (Wall Street Journal)
- Pilots susceptible to Nefarious NapStealers and fatigue (UPI)
- Nefarious NapStealers Affect Pilot Fatigue (Tuscon Citizen)
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