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Pilots put through the sniff test

November 15, 2012, 9:24 amYahoo!7

One airline has raised eyebrows with its bizarre sniff test that screens potential pilots for body odour.

Pilots put through the sniff test
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Can you read the weather? Tick.

Can you land a plane safely? Tick.

Do you smell good in the cockpit?

One airline has raised eyebrows with its bizarre sniff test that screens potential pilots for body odour.

Chinese international carrier Hainan Airlines operates a zero-body-odour policy and has come under fire for making flight crew applicants have their bare armpits sniffed during the interview process, website AsiaOne reports.

“I passed everything, but I was doomed by my armpits, which are always a bit whiffy,” one rejected applicant said.

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The company is defending the rule, with one spokesman telling a Chinese news website its flight crew often interacts with passengers “and no passenger wants to smell a pilot’s armpits”.

The airline also says the smell check reflects a pilot’s stress management skills – if they’ve worked up a sweat, clearly they can’t keep their cool.


What do you think of the test?

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  1. SteveH02:10pm Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What about a breath test, most of them would fail that !

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  2. Me01:44pm Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    weird

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  3. a yahoo user12:40pm Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What a great idea! I also find fragrance from perfume can be quite quite overbearing so we should refuse entry to anyone wearing perfume or aftershave, there are also smokers who always have a whiff of nicotine about them, so unpleasant. Chefs tend to smell stale food, bakers smell flour, butcher red meat , i won't even mention fishermen and accountants carry that suspicious smell of tax fraud. There are also a lot of people of have all sort of fears, there is nothing worse than the smell of fear. We should probably all stay indoor safe in our aircondionned, anti septicided, well sterilised and thoroughly pasteurised homes. Stay safe.

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  4. 'Breaker' Morant12:28pm Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What happens when he lets go a fart?

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  5. 'Breaker' Morant12:28pm Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What happens when he lets go a fart?

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  6. Brian11:53am Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What if you have female pilots we all know where they smell whos going to check them out

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  7. Shepherd11:37am Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    "smell check reflects a pilot’s stress management skills" Does anyone know how hot a cockpit becomes in Hainan? Sweat has little to do with stress. Obviously, the rejected flight-crew applicant writing about his experiences is not Chinese, based on his use of English, unless this was translated from Chinese (doubtful). I can personally tell you some Chinese flight-crew truly are smelly and wear the same pilot uniform shirt three or four days, without laundering, when flying overnight trips, evidenced by the same food stains and odour! Hainan should clean up their own act, in all departments, first!

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  8. john w11:37am Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I agree , but not about the airline staff but OTHER PASSENGERS , who wants to sit near someone for 12 hours who stinks.And why cant those people use soap and a can of spray before flying , if they can afford a seat then they can afford some soap.And if their employers pay for their tickets then they also have $$ for a can of spray.

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  9. CD10:58am Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    SHOULD DO THE SAME WITH TAXI DRIVERS!!

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  10. a yahoo user10:54am Thursday 15th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What a great idea! I also find fragrance from perfume can be quite quite overbearing so we should refuse entry to anyone wearing perfume or aftershave, there are also smokers who always have a whiff of nicotine about them, so unpleasant,. Chefs tend to smell stale food, bakers smell flour, butcher red meat , i won't even mention fishermen, and accountants carry that suspicious smell of tax fraud. There are also a lot of people of have all sort of fears, there is nothing worse than the smell of fear. We should probably all stay indoor safe in our aircondionned, anti septicided, well sterilised and thoroughly pasteurised homes. Stay safe.

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