way = singular
Yet, a bunch of people in this town had cell phones, and service was available and reliable. Honduras's cell coverage was far better than the coverage here in the states, and people in dirty poor areas use them as their only means of communication to the outside world, oftentimes to their relatives in the United States. Doctors without Borders put in a clinic that can be used by visiting physicians, and it has solar panels. People pay a nominal fee to charge their phones off the solar panels.
Smart phones? Yeah, I didn't see any of those. But as they become more ubiquitous and less expensive, I can see them taking hold even in places like this.
I'd have had one serious conversation with the lieutenant of that police department. Brandishing their firearms and detaining your whole family like that was excessive.
Oft repeated nonsense. The ultimate control of an Airbus, during fault conditions, is Direct Law, where the pilot control inputs are transmitted unmodified to the control surfaces, providing a direct relationship between sidestick and control surface.
There has been no evidence suggesting that the aircraft was being flown in Direct Law. The automated messages from the aircraft indicated a switch to Alternate Law, and if it had switched to Direct Law while the pilots were still able to fly the aircraft, a report would have been issued to that effect as well. In Alternate Law, there is still a low speed stability function that will cause the aircraft to decrease its angle of attack. This may be overridden, but a pilot accustomed to trusting the safeguards may be reluctant to do so.
And that's really the whole point, isn't it? Be it Alternate Law or Direct Law, the exposure these guys have is going to be limited to simulator time. Figuring out how the aircraft behaves in response to stick inputs under Direct Law while flying through the worst of weather conditions is a recipe for disaster.
Can these drugs cause some nasty side effects? Sure. Do they cause every single one of the conditions listed in the side effect profile in the PDR more than on an extremely sporadic basis? No.