Tuesday, July 2, 2013

VIDEO: Crossing the line? Pilots must have their armpits sniffed before Hainan Airlines hires them!

Hainan Airlines' armpit tests for pilots have caused a stir onlineYou know a story has captured the public’s attention when it goes viral… twice!

I’m talking about Hainan Airlines’ rather extreme method of checking a pilot’s personal hygiene before hiring them.

The recruitment team at China’s fourth largest airline will actually sniff the armpits of applicants and make a judgment on their suitability… along with other, more important factors I hope!

There’s bad news for those with noticeable body odour… the likelihood of their application progressing further is pretty slim.

The story was heavily reported by the international media last year and interest has somehow peaked once again in the past week, with a number of websites reporting on the story.

There’s even a video doing the rounds, which you can watch below, taken from a recruitment event in the Shanxi province.

Personally, I’m happy to fly with experienced and skilled pilots, even if they don’t smell of roses. But members of the recruitment team have their own opinion on the matter.

"No passenger wants to smell a pilot’s armpits," one of the team was quoted as saying in the media. "And if they can keep their cool in this test, they aren’t going to sweat in the cockpit.”

The airline’s other (more understandable) requirements for prospective pilots include 20/20 vision, a maximum height of 6' 2", and the ability to communicate in English.

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However, even if applicants tick those boxes, the body odour issue could be a deal breaker. "I was doomed by my armpits, which are always a bit whiffy," one of the hopefuls apparently told reporters, although it’s such a comedic statement I have to question whether it’s true!

The video is below. What are your thoughts on the matter? As always, leave your comments below, and don’t forget to like my Facebook page to stay updated on the latest aviation videos, photos and stories. Click here to visit.





23 comments :

  1. Ivan Wolf GuerreroJuly 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Maybe a shower before you go to the interview? I think is not that unusual and hard to do...

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  2. What?????

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  3. Get stuck in a cockpit with a guy or gal that has BO for 14 hours and you tell me if its ok? I say bravo!

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    1. Should do it in the IT field too (my field).

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  4. What are they paying armpit sniffers these days? 

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  5. That is freaking hilarious. Guess they don't want stinky dreamliners ;)

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  6. Sprinkle cocaine in your pits and give the girlie a thrill. That's what they used to do in World War II, they used to leave a few samples of cocaine mixed in with blood and it used to get the sniffer dogs trailing them as high as kites.

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  7. So what is next?...weird...

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  8. That's good rather than having a bad smelling odor in the cockpit.

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  9. I wouldn't want to be the sniff tester, lol.

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  10. Crossing the line? No, but I would definitely draw the line at sniffing the crotch. (Before you react, this was an attempt at sarcasm.)

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  11. Juditha-Jade ParkinsonJuly 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Yes, I agree. I find this practice weird and embarrassing.

    I'm sure that the company do that because they know that they can get away with it. Yes, it is crossing the lines for us here in Europe but maybe not in China. I'm not sure about it for the simple reason that I don't know the workers' culture there... what they accept and what they don't accept from their employers or prospective employers. Here for example in Belgium, no employer could ask me about my political leanings, my religion, etc.... these questions that are accepted in some countries.

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  12. Most probably they have a special weakness for the strong armpit smell.

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  13. What gives them the right to disrespect people? That's plain rude and it makes me mad as hell...

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  14. Good idea. Should do that everywhere. In fact should sniff everything. Sweaty feet would be a good starting place and then just work up. After all, what does it matter if you can fly or not! Just blame airbus and Boeing for everything, but have sweet smelling corpses! I'm all for the sniffing culture.

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  15. Who does the sniffing.......a dog?

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  16. Listen, I've flown next and I think we've all sat next to someone that needed a shower or forgot to wear deodorant. Need I say more. Judgements like these are made everyday except we can walk away. Well you can't do that in the cockpit and I for one don't want the front of the airplane to smell like the inside of a locker room.

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  17. Some doctors say that bad body smell indicates bad health or some kind of health problems....

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  18. A horrible way of ensuring hygienic...

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  19. buahahahahaha

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  20. Hahaha crazy world. 

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  21. What is next!

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