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Aviation: pluses and minuses

Pride of being the in charge of the people on board and the 60-tonne aircraft...

india Updated: Mar 30, 2008 20:00 IST
Lalatendu Mishra

Pilot

Positives
Get to see the world free of cost
A different day every day
Pride of being the in charge of the people on board and the 60-tonne aircraft
Handsome salary

Negatives
Stress because of congestion, flight delays and the pressure of on-time performance
Need to be medically fit all the time and cannot drink on a whim
A very small mistake in judgment or extraneous factors like a dog on the runway can jeopardise one's career and the pilot needs to sit at home till the inquiry is completed

Cabin crew

Positives
Very well-paid and glamorous job after passing Class XII
Comfortable working environment
Not a stressful job
Visit places

Negatives
Erratic work hours
Body system goes for a toss
People with family have a problem
Physically draining job