Care in the cockpit

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 08.00.24Amok-runners have rights, too

Amok, according to a recent account,

is found almost exclusively in men between the ages of 20 and 40. The incidents are characterised by frenzied attacks with kris, pedang or lembing. The assaults are often directed at family members or friends, then extended indiscriminately to others. Whether or not preceded by unusual behaviour (depression, brooding, sakit hati), amok occurs as a sudden outburst resembling a hyperstartle reaction, and amok-runners typically declare amnesia for the duration of the incident. The majority of amok-runners are killed during attempts by others to restrain the murderous rampages; those taken alive may be subjected to execution, imprisonment or institutionalisation in a psychiatric facility.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 08.08.23These penalties may breach the human rights of amok-runners. ‘Care in the community’ or ‘care in the cockpit’ may be preferred. (In the Germanwings case, there may have been a greater fear of an accusation of discrimination against the mentally disturbed than of the crash of an aircraft, Dalrymple points out.)

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 08.11.36Who are we to exclude amok-runners from the cockpit? Who can blame them if, under the pressure of discrimination, they lock themselves in? Large numbers of people have died, but we have the consolation of knowing that we are part of a society that is appalled by the discrimination suffered daily by amok-running pilots and by other downtrodden groups, such as passengers who happen to be Islamist terrorists. Our society, if we are to call ourselves civilised, must be prepared to act to correct these injustices. To adapt slightly what Dalrymple has written about surgeons:

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 08.16.34Social justice is social justice, and not good flying. The achievement of such justice requires that we all be prepared to make sacrifices for it: a mass murder is a small price to pay for the satisfaction of knowing that commercial airline pilots are demographically representative of the population as a whole.

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