Chinese Air Guilin Pilot Fired & License Withdrawn After Allowing Passenger To Sit In Captains Seat While Inflight


A pilot of Chinese carrier Air Guilin that allowed a female passenger into the cockpit while being inflight has been fired from his job and his pilots license withdrawn by the authorities.

After the image surfaced on social media the airline started an investigation and eventually sacked the pilot, referring him to China’s aviation body to revoke his license.

It’s not the first time that pilots get into hot water with their airline for allowing passengers into the cockpit and more often than not these situations have involved pretty women who couldn’t resist but take pictures and later upload them on social media.

South China Morning Post reported today about the incident which apparently happened several months ago.

A Chinese pilot has been banned from flying for life for allowing a young woman to visit the cockpit.

The incident happened on an Air Guilin flight 10 months ago, but the photos taken by the woman – later identified as Chen Yuying, a student who planned to become a flight attendant after graduation – only went viral on Sunday.

Chen, a third-year student at Guilin Tourism University, was seen posing in front of a tea set sitting in a pilot’s seat, and added a caption that read: “I am super thankful to the pilot! I am so thrilled!”

The picture, which was spotted this week on Weibo by someone working in the air industry, caused an uproar among aviation specialists.

They pointed out that it was taken when the plane was in mid-flight and identified the airline.

Air Guilin issued a statement on Monday confirming that the unnamed pilot had violated air safety rules.

It said that the incident had taken place in January on a flight between Guilin, in the southwestern region of Guangxi, and Yangzhou, a city in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

The statement said: “Air Guilin has decided to ban the pilot from flying for life” but did not say whether the pilot would continue working for the airline in another capacity.

“The other crew members have been suspended from flying indefinitely pending further investigations,” the statement said.

“Air Guilin always attaches great importance to passengers’ safety, and we have ‘zero tolerance’ for any improper and unprofessional conduct that may jeopardise aviation safety.”

China’s civil aviation regulations allow non-crew passengers in the cockpit only when their entry is necessary and conducive to flight safety. …

Absolutely stupid behavior from both the passenger and the pilots. Firstly the pilots knew exactly that this type of behavior isn’t allowed and what the repercussions would be yet they chose to think with their “second brain” below the belt and let the girl into the cockpit anyhow who then couldn’t resist and instead of keeping the exception to herself uploads a picture of the scene to social media because she is so thankful to the pilot.

Well honey, that isn’t a way of showing it because now the guy lost his job (with good reason) and is probably cleaning the plane instead of flying it. Well done!


Not sure why cockpit crew continues to engage in such conduct other than to showboat and impress certain passengers, risking everything including their own families livelihood.

The article is a bit misleading in some instances. While the pilot apparently was banned for life from flying with Guilin Air he has been at this moment simply referred to the national aviation body that has to decide whether his license will be revoked or temporarily suspended.

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