said by jaberi:Post flight 797 & 9/11 world.
what makes it more dangerous now, and were passengers and crew in danger?
Suffice to say airplanes have crash while the pilots troubleshoot something as simple as a light bulb, or mistaken cigar smoke as fires raged in the aircraft.
They are there to fly the plane, not diagnose it, or carry out passenger interrogations. Likely the cabin crew called up to report smoke, the rest is procedure, smoke in the cabin = emergency situation.