Fox News Blonde Wonders If The Metric System Makes International Flights Unsafe For Americans (VIDEO)

During a segment concerning lost AirAsia Flight QZ8501, a Fox News host moronically wondered if the metric system is to blame and asked if international flights are unsafe for Americans because of it.

The flight disappeared while en-route to Singapore and CNN reports that a pilot asked to fly at a higher altitude due to storm activity prior to communication being lost.

But that didn’t stop Anna Kooiman from trying to blame the metric system for the disappearance of yet another international flight over international waters. She also seemed to think that Americans should be scared of international travel just because international pilots are trained to use the metric system. Fox’s own guest expert, FAA spokesperson Scott Brenner, however, explained that while there are differences between American pilots and international pilots, the differences in how we measure things does not make international flights less safe.

KOOIMAN: “Even when we think about temperature, it’s Fahrenheit or Celsius. It’s kilometers or miles. You know, everything about their training could be similar, but different.”

BRENNER: “I think you see a large reliance on automatic pilot and the requirement that pilots use that automatic pilot more often than probably more than in the US. A lot of that is just because a lot of crashes are due to pilot error. So, if you try and eliminate any potential risk, you try and eliminate the pilot’s ability to make incorrect inputs into the aircraft.”

KOOIMAN: “It’s not just a difference in the way that we measure things? Is it not as safe in that part of the world? Because our viewers may be thinking, ‘International travel, is it safe? Is it not safe?’”

BRENNER: “It’s incredibly safe. It’s the safest mode of travel you can have. But just on training, I believe our U.S. pilots are very well trained… They also actually fly the aircraft when they’re in the cockpit versus, a lot of times as soon as those wheels are up, a lot of times folks are required, foreign pilots are required to hit that autopilot almost until wheels come back down again.”

Here’s the video via Raw Story:

As we all know, conservatives think the metric system is evil and Fox News is clearly pandering to their paranoid and ignorant audience by attacking it. But once again, Fox is completely wrong. As a pilot and colleague of mine helpfully explains,

“The international air traffic system uses the same standards, regardless of where the aircraft may be flying. Altitudes are expressed in thousands of feet, or in what are known as “flight levels.” The standard language of air traffic control is English. In pilot weather briefings, temperatures are given in Celsius, even in the United States. Distances are measured in nautical miles, not kilometers. In short, there is nothing about flight training in other countries that would be any different in terms of metric vs. the “Imperial,” or “English” system, from what American pilots learn.”

The bottom line is, Fox hosts need to stop being stupid.