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DO NOT DISTURB - PILOT SLEEPING

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A federal government study concludes that an occasional in-flight nap helps pilots to cope with the tensions of landing after a long hop. On first thought this seems a trifle disquieting; no one relishes the idea of the pilot sawing wood up there in the cockpit of a jetliner trundling 300 people through the sky.

Reflection suggests that maybe it's not so bad, after all, encouraging the pilot to catch 40 winks now and again to keep his brain alert and his reflexes sharp. One consideration does come to mind - call it a caveat addressed to the cabin crew: Don't take your naps all at the same time, boys; leave someone awake to mind the store.