Every job comes with its own set of rules. Sometimes these rules are specific to the company, while for others it may be specific to the job. In the case of being an aviation pilot, these unique rules are quite specific to the job.
What to read in flight
Some companies regulate what pilots are allowed to read during their “down-time” in flight. These are especially specific for long flights where pilots have things set on auto-pilot while they monitor other tasks. Did you think flying an airplane was literally only flying the plane? It is not. Pilots monitor radio talk, watch the weather, among many other duties to ensure a smooth and safe flight.
As such, some airlines require pilots to only read short articles such as those found in newspapers. They may also be allowed to read the aircraft manual or any other information related to their jobs. In some cases, this is all they are allowed to read while in flight.
The pilots are not allowed to eat the same thing
Just in case on of the pre-packaged meals are contaminated and causes sickness, both pilots must choose separate meals. In addition, both pilots will eat from the same selection of meals that are available.
Put the personal cell phones away
Can you imagine the amazing views from the pilots’ seats? Now, can you also imagine not being able to take any pictures of them? Most commercial airlines require pilots to refrain from using their personal cell phones. In fact, the FAA has deemed it illegal. As of 2014, all communication wireless devices are banned from the cockpit and can only be used in exceptional circumstances.
Sleeping is allowed
believe it or not, for those very long flights, the pilots are expected to get some sleep. In this case, you might notice extra crew members on the flight. In most cases, this involves a third pilot who will take over when one pilot leaves for their break. Of course this is done to ensure a safe flight for everyone. However, they are not allowed to fall into a deep sleep so as not to interfere with their alertness. I wonder how they regulate that?