Airplane pilots suspended because of using Snapchat mid-flight

Airplane flights are not the most engaging trips. Staring out of the window is only an option for the first couple of minutes and watching TV shows will eventually become boring, so it might be a good idea to Snapchat some of your flying experience. Unless you're one of the airplane's pilots. Then you might get suspended from work.

During a flight from Paris to Madrid, easyJet pilot Michael Castellucci and his colleague took pictures and videos using some of Snapchat's funny filters, including the bear-ears doctor mask, the dancing aerobics instructor, and the owl. Mr. Castellucci then proceeded to post his "creations" onto his social media accounts, where he is active regularly, to show what pilots are capable of. Bad decision, captain.

So this is what pilots do when they’re bored.”, “Too much fun in the cockpit.”, and "It’s dangerous, unprofessional, and sends out the wrong image. High jinks in the cockpit at 30,000ft is never a good look." are just some of the comments regarding a video, posted on Snapchat by Mr. Castelluci. The video featured his co-pilot dancing alongside Snapchat's aerobics instructor filter, ignoring all aircraft controls. Mr. Castellucci has since deleted his social media accounts.

An easyJet spokesperson said the pilots' behavior was unacceptable and they'll be spoken to.

source: The Sun via BBC



1. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

What childish act, hopefully they will learn from their mistake

21. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Except there have been plenty of female pilots doing the same exact s**t and receive no disciplinary actions from it. One was well known for it, she was from the EU, possibly Sweden and her IG was quite popular.

22. audibot

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

who really cares i mean your up on auto pilot you are not doing anything so take a pic just say its your pee break

24. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It seems only the male pilots are getting flak for this. I've seen plenty of women on IG post the s**t they do in the flight deck during a routine flight and nothing happens to them. In the case in the article it seems only one engaged in such things at a time which never endangered anyone.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They’re already 30,000 feet in the air, are they just going to suddenly come tumbling down? I’m sure he’s flown hundreds, if not thousands of trips during his tenure. It’s probably akin to second nature to him, if he feels comfortable doing that. A warning would have been fine for the first offense, but suspension?

3. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

They were responsible for all those passengers, they need to be grateful they didn't go to jail or pay a heavy fine

23. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Do you know how planes work? Do you know what the pilots do while at cruising altitude? Did you know it only takes ONE pilot to fly just in case one is incapacitated or is napping off a few Z's? They are also being a bit leisurely while filling in logs every so often, keeping comms in check, minding their fuel, altitude, various other sensors etc. It's not done every second during the flight and so far it doesn't seem like both pilots did it at the same time leaving no one monitoring the controls. THen there's auto-pilot which is engaged for most of the flight.... Then you have various female pilots doing the same and nothing happens to them even though some of their social media profiles made headlines. IF you're not gonna understand what goes on in the flight deck or hold women to the same standards then you can f**k off.

25. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

**Claps** Well said! :-)

5. Micah007

Posts: 266; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

What a foolish comment. No one wants their driver to play on their phone going down the freeway at 80mph, why would you be okay with it 30,000 feet in the air? Jesus people think for once.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There's nothing to hit at 30,000 feet. Planes today largely fly themselves once they reach cruising altitude. Plus, you've got a pilot, copilot and navigator all of whom are qualified to pilot the plane,in the cockpit. An occasional snapchat picture isn't putting anyone in danger.

15. emvxl

Posts: 141; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

True, nothing to hit at 30,000 feet, except another plane (whose pilot and co-pilot were Snapchatting as well), an engine failure or any other thing that may fail in an airplane which requires immediate attention, turbulence, etc. Also, no more navigator (or engineer) in most planes - just 2 in commercial aircraft. But who cares, as long as pilot and co-pilot have their fun on social media, the passengers will be fine.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6818; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah true...but it takes literally nothing to get people triggered these days. But then again having said that...have you seen the footage of the self driving Uber car that killed someone the other day?? There's a video circulating that shows the 'person-behind-the-wheel-for-safety-during-testing​' was on their phone...they literally looked up at the last minute. That women would've had a better chance at living had the driver not been distracted by fb...or whatever she/he/it was doing. I think it was a she...hard to know these days.

20. cmdacos

Posts: 4250; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Even if the safety rider was paying attention, the time to react and the reaction itself wouldn't have been enough to save this women's life. At 40 mph the car wouldn't have stopped in time.

26. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Just the fact that you are comparing a car to an airplane shows your absolute stupidity! Planes have 2 pilots and autopilot!

6. Subie

Posts: 2378; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It's not necessarily just about safety, even though that's the most important factor. Employers can suspend or fire employees for portraying the company in a "bad" light. Just reading some of the negative comments that were written is enough grounds for the airline to give the suspension. Posting to social media while on the job could also be considered a no no, and employees in all sectors have even lost jobs over what they've posted. The bottom line is that people need to realize that they are responsible for what they post publicly...

10. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I wouldn't argue against the employers right to suspend them - the optics aren't good for publicity. I'd simply argue that talking a picture like this during flight isn't a safety issue, as others have stated.

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6818; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Taking 2 seconds to snap a pic is one thing. But it's easy to assume that more is going on in the cockpit when stuff like this leaks out...the pilot just got sloppy now. Get the passengers to take a poll...pretty sure all of them would prefer a pilot who's attention is on his job rather than his phone.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Suspendion is warranted because of the damaging publicity this generates. But you're absolutely correct, this wasn't a safety issue.

4. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Seriously? How stupid can those pilots be?

7. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

An airline pilot doesn't need distractions on the flight deck. His actions; even small ones could kill everyone on board. While auto pilot is used for most of the flight: responsibility remains on the pilot to be in command of his air craft and at a moments notice. This pilot if he had lots of experience and even newly trained pilots know better!

11. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There's a copilot and navigator with him. This isn't a safety issue.

19. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

There are no navigators onboard modern commercial aircraft.

13. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Pilots just partially assist in landing since long time ago. From taking off to almost everything is done automatically. He's only here in case there's an alarm Why suspend? A warning would be fine

14. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I agree with the suspension, not for safety reasons because everyone on the flight were in no danger from such a thing but for simply actions unbecoming of a professional pilot, he and his company have a reputation to uphold, no one wants to think their pilot, even though they would be in no danger, is up front looking at their phone and posting to social media.

16. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

12 year old girls be flyin commercial planes

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