An amusing, if slightly chilling, story from today’s Guardian. The headline? Pilot restrained after ‘talking to God’ on flight to Heathrow. At first I thought the pilot was under the impression that God was actually on the plane with him, presumably in business. Still, it could have been worse. The final paragraph reads:
In 1999 a New York-bound EgyptAir flight crashed into the Atlantic shortly after the co-pilot, who was controlling the plane, was heard to say “I put my faith in God” as the autopilot was switched off. The plane then plunged into a steep dive and crashed into the sea, killing 217 people.
If talking to God is so dangerous when pilots do it, shouldn’t we be a little more worried when political leaders do the same? Why should it be a sign of mental breakdown in mid-air and moral integrity at mid-term? I rather like the idea of a handcuffed Blair being escorted through the Arrivals lounge of Brussels airport.