August 2001 Issue

Just Say (Definitely) No

Just because a controller works for the government doesn’t mean all clearances and directives should be followed

A friend assures me that he has developed a sure-fire method to duck out of jury duty. When the defense poses the first voir dire question, merely reply: “Well, the police wouldn’t have arrested him if he wasn’t guilty.”

If the judge doesn’t threaten contempt, the defense attorney will immediately conclude that no one could possibly be that dumb. On the other hand, on the off chance that someone could, using up a challenge is cheap insurance. Next juror, please.

The irony of this absurdity is that in such life-and-death matters as jury trials, we’re spring-loaded to doubt the government’s pronouncements. Yet as pilots, most of us react in the opposite way when confronted with ATC clear...

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