Regarding the March 29 Sunday Focus article, “Co-pilot sought treatment for vision problem”: The closing statement indicates the most important part of why this tragedy occurred: “whether the country’s strict privacy laws made it too easy for (Andreas) Lubitz to hide potentially serious health problems from the airline.”
This co-pilot had possible mental problems as well as vision problems, which should have sent up red flags immediately. Whenever any doctor finds problems that may affect a pilot or co-pilot’s performance, it should be mandatory for the doctor, not the employee, to report it immediately, taking action to prevent that person from entering the plane until further evaluation is done.
A pilot’s history should be made public, available on a website from the airlines, just as when a person goes into surgery. That person wants to know everything about the surgeon, because a life is involved. Should it be any different when hundreds of lives are at stake?
It is high time to start changing privacy laws, and let doctors decide what should be disclosed to the proper authorities, so that such horrible incidents may be avoided in the future.
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