Korean Air: A Culture Of Corporal Punishment?

The general public is blissfully unaware of the increased risk on specific airlines ("Kim to KAL: Straighten up and fly right," Asian Business, May 10). Generally, the booking is made via a travel agent whose primary interest is commission--not safety.

Having lived in Southeast Asia for seven years and having been intimately involved in flight-crew training and leasing, I'm aware of the arrogance and blind certainty of the military-trained captains at KAL and other carriers. Some even physically slap the co-pilot for noncompliance with orders. In Indonesia, for example, it is culturally acceptable for the instructor to hit the pilot trainee over the head at flight schools.

Jonathan Clark

Auckland, New Zealand