Flying Fear Cure Gets Pilot Fired

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A well-known swashbuckling British pilot has lost an appeal of an earlier decision to fire him for allowing a passenger into the cockpit on a flight last month. As we reported in October, Pablo Mason, a retired RAF Gulf War veteran, whose handlebar mustache and irreverent demeanor have endeared him to many British citizens, also runs a business that tries to cure people of their fear of flying. He claims that's what he was doing when he invited even more famous soccer player Robbie Savage, who's terrified of flying, for a cockpit tour. He admitted to "bending" regulations that ban anyone but the flight crew from the cockpit during flight but said he never put the flight in jeopardy.

The flight was a private charter carrying Savage's team, the Blackburn Rovers, back from Finland. However the airline, MyTravel, said at the time that it has a "zero tolerance" policy on any actions by the crew that might jeopardize the flight and it fired Mason. Mason says he may take the case to a government tribunal.