Thursday, April 12, 2012
Overheard At 30-Odd Thousand Feet
pilots have manners in the air. it's common to hear when flying through different countries' airspace to give a greeting like good morning/good afternoon/selamat siang/sawadeekrub when entering boundaries. i guess it's a little impolite to just barge into their airspace without a hello. this guy however, takes the cake for rudeness.
when flying INTO kuala lumpur airspace a pilot calls to the air traffic controller:
aircraft: lumpur control, selamat datang! this is XXX.
it's like a stranger walks into your home, then welcomes you to your own place, claiming all your possessions.
maybe we should strictly stick to standard english phraseology.