Flying by the book

Dec 12th, 2014 | By | Category: International

A power cut this afternoon in the British air traffic control centre at Swanwick in Hampshire caused substantial disruption of flight times and schedules. There were stories of passengers sitting inside aircraft on the tarmac for three hours with the cabin doors open, and of flights circling and circling, and of others being diverted to other airports.  It is hard to imagine air travel at it once was, when pilots could make choices, exercise discretion, and were not operatives in a computer-controlled network.

There used to be a book at …