The Checklist

Posted on Jun 22, 2019 by Joey

I'll Be Adding This!

Rachel Maddow discussed this in a recent episode of her show, and try as I might, I couldn't find it when I searched.

What follows is from, “Hidden Brain,” with Shankar Vedantam. From the “Hidden Brain” broadcast, Shankar says, “just in case...the subtle biases that cause very smart and very skilled people to become their own worst enemies," He goes on to say that this is important for pilots, doctors, etc., but I think it applies to us all.

In the 1930's McDonnell Douglas and Boeing were involved in a U.S. Air Force competition to create a new aircraft culminating in a public air show where Boeing's entry, called The Flying Fortress, crashed.

The pilot and copilot were highly skilled and experienced. Why the crash?

After a thorough investigation, it became clear that there was a need for a new way for pilots and crews to successfully plan for a flight. The aircraft preparations had become "A bit routine,” was the conclusion. Too easy for experienced pilots and crews to forget something.

After some further thought someone suggested “A Checklist” as the solution. The checklist was incorporated into preparation that had become "a bit routine".

I mention all this because yesterday I went to Cananda for a show, and, while I remembered everything I needed for my show, I forgot my Passport.

I was asked to pull over for an inspection before being given the green light to enter Canada. Two officers called me up to a counter and asked the purpose of my trip. I told them I was hired for an event, and that I'm a magician.

"Okay, let's see," said one.

After my trick, the officers pointed to my un-inspected car and said, "Go, get"

I'll be adding Passport to my checklist from here on in.