Small talk at dinner parties is often incredibly stupid, especially when it's about work—the inevitable topic of conversation after you've already covered the weather. People often have misconceptions about jobs other than their own, and a Reddit thread called on people to set them straight.
Misconception: That it’s easy and we don’t do anything most of the flight. Truth: The automatics take care of the mundane ‘flying’ part a lot of the time, but they need constant monitoring and frequent adjustments. Our time is spent contingency planning for if the worst happens.
Should an engine fail, cabin pressure loss or instrumentation fail, we need to have an immediate plan and know our closest diversion airports and weather. We spend most of our time planning for what we never want to happen.-mat_fly
We do not exist to try and screw people out of money. We exist to execute exactly what the policy says, the contract both parties agreed to. The problem is most people don't know what is actually covered under their policy.-ColSurge