Concerns over EU flying laws

Nine out of 10 people are worried about travelling on plane under proposed EU flight laws, a survey has found. The British Airline Pilots Association found huge concerns over plans which would potentially allow pilots to fly after 22 hours awake.

EC: Flying reforms will not lower safety standards

The European Commission (EC) defended reforms to flying laws proposed by the European Union and said it would "not result in lowering the safety standards of any member state".

The Commission is determined to see stronger, safer rules applying across Europe in relation to FTL...

The Commission believes that the proposal presented to the Council and the Parliament in July will bring about major improvements across Europe for the safety of our citizens and flight crew.

This proposal includes a number of clarifications and adjustments addressing issues identified by aircrew unions, by airlines, by the European Parliament, and by Member States.

The proposal will not result in lowering the safety standards in any Member State.

– An EC spokesman

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Public worried about pilots flying after 22 hours awake

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The general public is overwhelmingly concerned about EU reforms which would allow pilots to fly after 22 hours awake. Credit: PA

The public backed concerns around the number of hours pilots are allowed to fly under potential EU laws, the British Airline Pilots Association has said.

The union questioned over 2,000 adults on proposed changes to flying rules after their members voiced concerns over pilots operating flights with two rather than three members.

Nine out of 10 of those questioned shared pilots fears over the length of time they were allowed to fly, as well as being awake for 22 hours if standby was included, and working up to seven starts in a row.

Jim McAuslan, Balpa's general secretary, said: "Evidence shows this is similar to being four times over the legal alcohol limit for flying.

"The time is running out for our ministers, MEPs, the UK regulator and MPs to take urgent action and reject these unsafe EU rules to ensure that the skies above Britain remain among the safest in the world."