Pilots Can Now Use Antidepressants, But Passengers Really Need Them!

by Charles Feldman on April 4, 2010


The hottest news in the aviation world is the recent announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration that pilots flying commercial flights (and other types of aircraft) will now be allowed to take four of the most popular antidepressants while continuing to fly paying passengers.

The evidence seems clear that the medications do more good than harm and the issue has been studied carefully by the FAA, which usually comes down on the side of extreme caution.

But the funny thing is, considering the current state of commercial flying in this country, it seems to me it is not the pilots who need to pop antidepressants, but the passengers.

Flying has become such a dismal affair, I think that it is about time the airlines dispense Prozac and Zoloft and Celexa and Lexapro right there on the aircraft.

They no longer serve food. And, you have to pay, it seems, for just about anything that used to be offered up as part of your fare. Now, it is not uncommon for airlines such as JetBlue and Virgin America and others to sell food and drinks on board–along with wifi, in some cases.

So, why not antidepressants? I bet there would be a huge market and the airlines could make tons of money on the pills!

More important, the passengers may end up having a happier experience than they currently do on domestic flights.

Nothing like a Lexapro and beer to make those flying hours just whiz on by!

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