There are certain words we just don’t say at major airports. Words like “bomb,” “hijack,” or “weapon” will quickly get you whisked off to a small room where you’ll face off with folks wearing stern expressions. Even if used in the context of a joke — an obvious joke — you’re still likely to miss your flight, or worse.
Similarly, pilots learn early in their career that we too have certain words we would be wise to avoid. Words like “stress,” “anxiety,” and “depression” will not relieve us of our troubles. Rather, they’re more likely to add to our woes.
That’s regrettable.[Read more…]