The Nose Knows a Good Airline Pilot?
In some of the more bizarre airline news we've come across, Hainan Airlines has begun the recruitment of a whole crew of fresh pilots to take their planes, including their Dreamliners, up into the sky. That's not the bizarre part. A crucial step in the recruitment process is a body-odor check. Yep, a recruiter smells the pits of potential pilots; boy, that's the pits.
After an extensive assessment process of technical skills and personality interviews, the flight deck hopefuls have to get their underarms smelled for potential offensive body odor. Since the airline's pilots do interact with passengers, it makes sense to ensure that no interaction turns sour because of a little foul smell. A recruiter has even noted the parallel to the on-the-job duties by saying, "If they can keep their cool in this test, they aren't going to sweat in the cockpit."
As weird as it is, this hearkens back to the days that stewardesses had their body dimensions measured before they were offered a job. Along with the smell test, Hainan pilots must have 20/20 vision, be no taller than 6'4" and be fluent in English. Now they're just adding deodorant to the pre-flight checklist.