7/24/2009

Airline pilots, like train drivers, ship's captains and others, are not screened for sleep disorders that may hinder their ability to operate safely, according to NTSB officials. Recent congressional hearings have focused on schedule-related fatigue among pilots, but the NTSB is reportedly considering proposing programs to screen for sleep apnea and other disorders. "It doesn't seem consistent with the increased emphasis on the role of fatigue in aviation safety not to include inquiries about sleep disorders in the pilot examinations for commercial pilots," said one fatigue expert.

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