Mrs. Bernse had to fly home yesterday from Edmonton. Now, she is a good flyer and not scared of flying at all.
As they were taxing to the runway to take off, the plane sat on the taxiway for 10 minutes. After which the Capt came on:
“Sorry for the delay. I am concerned about our #1 engine. Its idling lower than I like. I spoke to our Tech/Mechanics in Calgary and they assure me its OK, but it is still lower than I like. However, since they say it is OK we’re going to take off anyway.”
Now, that was not exactly verbatim, but it is damn close. He did specifically say that he didn’t like the engine idling low, but the Techs said it is OK and told him to go, but he still didn’t like it. No bullshit.
I have all sorts of respect for Airline pilots. Maybe its out of envy. However, you sir, are a total fuckwad for telling your passengers that. Did you want a clean conscious in case the aircraft became a flaming wreck killing everyone on board? In case you crashed, did you want to be able to tell your superiors “I told you so?”
For fucks sake, get a grip and keep those opinions in the cockpit. I’m actually tempted to write Westjet and tell them this guy was an ass-clown.