The work of airline pilots is demanding and must be followed by rest periods(slips) so that pilots recover sufficiently well to keep flying safely. Whenslips occur away from home base, pilots are usually accommodated in a hotel.This paper reviews the phenomenon of psychological detachment from work (i.e.,not thinking about work) and its implications for pilot accommodation andrecovery. The review suggests that pilots accommodated in hotels located in orclose to airports may be less able to psychologically detach from work duringslips, with implications for recovery, fatigue, and ultimately safety. The paperpresents a rationale for considering psychological detachment from work whenevaluating the quality of hotels chosen for pilots.
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – American Psychological Association
Published: Jan 1, 2012