Re: 737: Take-off without flaps?

Date:         01 Dec 96 04:08:53 
From:         Andrew Goldfinger <Andy.Goldfinger@jhuapl.edu>
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In article <airliners.1996.2554@ohare.Chicago.COM> Mark E. Ingram,
markt@mickey.mo-net.com writes:
>If the Delta flight had had on board an alert "flap-watcher" like
>yourself, the accident very well may have been prevented.

Which brings up a thought I have had for some time.  There are
significant conditions (such as no-flaps, asymmetric slats or ice on the
wings) that are visible from the cabin.  In the cabin, there are trained
professionals -- the flight attendents.  Why not require the flight
attendents to verify wing conditions before take off, and call the flight
deck if anomolies are found?