First heard this on Bloomberg. Sounds like the LA Times first published the story. Here’s an alternative source
: that should be easier to access. A recent technical bulletin issued by Boeing advising pilots to "closely monitor the airplane's state and flight path to prevent a loss of control in flight" has highlighted concerns about pilots returning to work after being grounded for months due to COVID-19. The bulletin was issued after Indonesian authorities published a preliminary report into the Sriwijaya Air crash in January that killed all 62 people on board a 737-500.
"Continual crew awareness of airplane attitude, airspeed, flight control position and thrust settings is fundamental for airplane upset prevention and can reduce the effect of startle or surprise caused by rapid unexpected changes," the bulletin said.
Well, it’s been clear to me for a while most passengers aren’t paying attention to the flight - preferring to view videos, etc. . But I’ve assumed the flight crew still pays attention ? ?