In light of pilot, Clayton Osbon’s, “mealtdown” while captaining the JetBlue Airways flight 191 from New York, there has been increased discussion over the stress induced by some jobs significantly more than others.
Captain Clayton Osbon was locked out of the cockpit while the first officer and another pilot who had been a passenger on the flight bound for Las Vagas had to make an emergency landing. He was reportedly ranting about terrorists, Jesus and September 11.
He has been reported to have shown no signs of stress before the event and has since been charged with interfering with the flight crew, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
The news coming so soon after the details of the murder of 17 civilians in Afghanistan by a possibly a soldier possibly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has highlighted the potential risk stressed workers could pose to themselves and the general public. The revelations have also indicated that measures need to be taken to help them cope with the stress of their working environments.
According to a report by CareerCast, a job-search portal, enlisted military soldiers, fire-fighters and airline pilots as the three most stressful jobs. It was reported that physical peril and having one’s own or other people’s lives in their hands were the biggest contributors of worker stress .
Mindfulness meditation has been shown to relieve stress and ensure that worked in highly stressful jobs have adequate coping techniques in order to keep stress levels under control.