I’m headed home today…or I was, until my early morning flight was delayed almost 2 1/2 hours.
The reason? The crew got in late last night and needs their sleep.
I shouldn’t gripe about this. All travelers should feel safer knowing that the airlines require a minimum amount of down time for pilots and attendants between flights. That way, we avoid those embarrassing ‘flying past the city’ incidents because the crew is having a pajama party in the cockpit.
Heck, even my cab driver in Lexington told me he is required to have a minimum of three hours of sleep every 16 hours. (I smiled and nodded and then got out at the next corner.)
It says a lot about our society that we have to set requirements for people in transportation jobs to make sure they get enough sleep. We just don’t value sleep enough to get much of it on our own.
I just wish other industries felt as strongly about sleep to ensure that their employees — and consultants — had their eight hours. Most of the time, we wear our lack of sleep like a badge of honor instead.
So, to make my contribution toward a more well-rested society, I plan to sleep on the plane all the way to New York City.
Do your part — take a nap at your desk!