The life of everyone on board any aircraft all comes down to the pilots. Such as the safety and the controlled flight deck. So when pilots show up to work, they are given totally different regulations then the rest of passengers on the plane. One being that the co-pilot and captain should NOT eat the same meal aboard an aircraft.
While his rule maybe look illogical to some people, there is an important reasoning behind the rule. For example, if one of the meals given to any pilot was harmed in any way and the pilot got ill because of things such as cross contamination or out of date products, there would still be another pilot aboard the aircraft to take control and land safely.
All airlines have different ideas on the rule. Pilots are also generally to avoid any Raw fish before and during the flight to avoid salmonellosis (Bacteria). This practice is not mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
On February 3 1975, a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 departed from Tokyo and was set for Paris. This aircraft was carrying 344 passengers and 20 Crew members.
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The aircraft reached European airspace after an uneventful flight, 90 minutes prior to the scheduled landing at Copenhagen, the flight attendants served ham omelettes for breakfast.
About one hour after breakfast, while approaching Copenhagen, 196 passengers and one flight attendant fell ill with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. They landed safely and treated the passengers, but sadly one passenger died in this incident.
When they came to investigate, the Laboratory took tests of stool and vomit samples from the passengers, 33 samples of leftover ham omelettes were tested and were found to have Staphylococcus aureus.
It was just chance that the pilot and first officer had not eaten any of the contaminated omelettes, rather than they had opted for a dinner of steaks instead of omelettes. If they had chosen the omelette, it might have ended alot differently.