Crew member mental health in spotlight after captain’s breakdown – Overhead Bin / msnbc.com

A JetBlue A320 painted similarly to the one involved in the incident departs Fort Lauderdale in 2011. Photo: Andrew Thon - OPShots Contributor

Two recent incidents in which airline crew members behaved alarmingly and had to be restrained by passengers have raised questions about when and how aviation workers are screened for mental health problems.

On Tuesday, JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon, 49, was locked out of the cockpit by his co-pilot after he began acting erratically on Flight 191 from New York to Las Vegas. The captain, since charged with interfering with a flight crew and now getting medical care, was upset when he couldn’t get back into the cockpit and began yelling about an unspecified threat linked to Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

via Overhead Bin – Airline crew member mental health in spotlight after captain’s breakdown.

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