musashi1600 wrote:There actually is seating on the flight deck for passengers that aren't part of the plane's crew on commercial aircraft; it's only availiable to check pilots (pilots who act as flying examiners for other pilots applying for or renewing a license) or other crew members that are deadheading (traveling for free on the plane) because they need to be somewhere. (Frank Abagnale Jr. is famous for regularly posing as a Pan Am pilot so he could fly for free, among other things.)
(Advance apologies for typos; I'm typing under the influence of laptop kitty.)
Many years ago (pre-9/11 so I doubt they do this anymore), my old company had arrangements with one of the airlines to give jumpseat passes to software engineers so we could see how our software was used.
After a few flights in Row 0, it's really, really hard to go back to Coach
(OK, Row 0.5 technically. Jumpseat's usually right behind the captain.)
On my first trip back in Coach after my pass expired, we were about to land when I heard the engines spool up and felt the plane pull up.
First thought: "Hmm...missed approach."
Second thought: "D*mn
, wish I had the jumpseat for this
BTW, anyone notice that she clicked the captain's seat instead of the first officer's? No need doing things half-way....