Sunday, February 1, 2015

How spilled coffee diverted an int'l flight

One of the first lessons I learned as a young newspaperman was to NOT put anything to drink on the desk where copy was being edited. In those days it was ruining paper from an overturned cup of coffee or soda that we worried about. Today the rule applies to your computer keyboard, and it should apply to pilots flying commercial jets. Read what happened when a United pilot almost caused a terrorism alert when he (or she, not identified) slopped some coffee on communication equipment in the cockpit of his long-haul jet, forcing the plane to divert to Toronto while enroute from Chicago to Frankfurt.

How spilled coffee diverted an int'l flight

One of the first lessons I learned as a young newspaperman was to NOT put anything to drink on the desk where copy was being edited. In those days it was ruining paper from an overturned cup of coffee or soda that we worried about. Today the rule applies to your computer keyboard, and it should apply to pilots flying commercial jets. Read what happened when a United pilot almost caused a terrorism alert when he (or she, not identified) slopped some coffee on communication equipment in the cockpit of his long-haul jet, forcing the plane to divert to Toronto while enroute from Chicago to Frankfurt.

Tom Belden
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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