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Air Canada

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Depressed and Distressed

Sometimes, a bad choice of words is worse than making a bad decision. When the pilot in charge of flying an Air Canada jet from Toronto to Paris in 2008 told his chief steward, Hugh Bouchard, “he had nothing to lose” because “he was being fired anyway,” the attendant became concerned. According to The Canadian Press, four crew members subsequently refused to fly. They were replaced, and the flight was allowed to take off. Two years later, a judge sided with the crew members’ union. According to the court, whether the pilot was suicidal or not, his unwise statements should’ve prompted Air Canada to investigate further.


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