One pilot was recently photographed with a beer.
— jon edwards (@JonedwarJon) September 20, 2017
However you can get some amazing shots from the cockpit, photo and video, and as long as pilots are paying total attention during the crucial moments of flight it’s actually better for safety for pilots to be human.
Here’s my take on pilots taking photos and video while on duty, which was included in this piece for Conde’ Nast Traveler,
“Safety is paramount. But that’s also why there’s more than one person in the cockpit. Pilots get up to use the restroom. They take breaks to eat on longer flights. They chat with each other, and with other members of the crew,” Leff points out.
“In fact, you don’t want them only looking down at the controls—you want them mentally fresh. So while there are stories of pilots doing silly things, and those never reflect well, they’re human beings, and it’s best to design processes around that rather than expecting them to behave robotically.”
What do you think, is it ok for pilots to do things other than fly the plane while they’re working up front?