Flight Risk by Stephanie Green

I wanted to read Flight Risk by Stephanie Green for a while, but the libraries were closed and so I couldn’t borrow it. Luckily I did not buy it, because I would have been annoyed, considering the low rating I gave this book. The subtitle of the book is the Highs and Lows of Life as a Doctor at Heathrow Airport, and that was what I wanted to read about. But, from the 300 pages of the book, about 100 if not more are about her life before and after Heathrow.

Flight Risk by Stephanie Green

The book promised: An exhilarating insight into the life of a doctor at Heathrow Airport, where the truth is often stranger than fiction.

Well, if I was to ignore the non-Heathrow related stuff, it was a good book. The personal stuff included things like her moaning about university fees and about her inability to go to the toilet alone because she had small children, not exactly interesting or new (I think most people who read blogs might have read at least once the not-going-to-the-toilet story from a mummy blogger or two). The bits about her life were between what happened at the airport, and I loved those parts of the book. It was fascinating to read what the doctors there had to do, how often people die in flights (much more often than one thinks).

Maybe I wouldn’t have given 2.5 stars if she was a bit less judgemental. She commented on Thai women marrying middle-aged Brits, and, of course, she did understand why they did that. She commented on people smuggling drugs by swallowing condoms filled with cocaine. I can’t say I relate to either of those cases personally, but I can understand that in some parts of the world the only solution is to get married to anybody (and a Brit is a much better choice considering their alternatives, especially as it involves moving to UK) or to swallow drugs, paid or coerced. As for the low fee these people are getting… well, maybe she should have mentioned the proper amount of money someone should ask to swallow a few cocaine condoms and ferry them around the world…

What annoyed me the most was that she said she was petting police working dogs and that was ok, despite the handlers being upset and telling her to stop. And the reasoning was, amazingly, that she was “nice” (quote from the book). The last thing I would call someone who intervenes to pet a working dog is nice, selfish is much more accurate. A real dog lover would do the right thing for the dog and ignore them.

Overall the stories from Heathrow are interesting, but the non-related bits annoyed me terribly. I wouldn’t recommend the book because the health checks from the airport changed and so the most interesting part of the book is not accurate any more.

Flight Risk by Stephanie Green

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My rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: not really
Published by: Headline
Year it was published: 2018
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Memoir
Pages: 295

About the author: Dr. Stephanie Green holds an MA in Biological Anthropology from Downing College, Cambridge, and a BM (Bachelor of Medicine) from Southampton University. She initially specialised in psychiatry, before working at London’s Heathrow Airport for more than a decade. She now runs her own consultancy business, and her various roles include Consulting Doctor for Marie Stopes International and Medical Member of the Independent Family Returns Panel for the Home Office. Dr Green lives with her husband, Chris, their two sons, and Reggie the Flat-Coated Retriever, in Monmouthshire, U.K.
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4 thoughts on “Flight Risk by Stephanie Green”

  • Hi Anca,

    I don’t tend to read much non-fiction, unless it’s a reference book, biographies don’t really interest me. This one sounds particularly annoying though and I totally agree about the working dogs. I work with a lady who helps train ‘Guide Dogs For The Blind’ and she goes absolutely berserk if you go anywhere near a puppy in training, they are really strict with the dogs until they are allocated as a companion.

    People get taken ill and die in flight more often than we might imagine, but I guess the worst experience we had was when we went on a family holiday to Florida. There were 6 of us including 2 small children, sat in the middle if Magic Kingdom during Christmas week, eating our lunch, when the man on the next table had a massive heart attack and died right there in front of us. The Disney staff were totally calm and amazing though, with paramedics taking what seemed like only seconds to arrive and take charge of the scene. I don’t think the children even realised what was going on, although we adults were a little shaken up for the rest of the day.

    I hope that your next book is a little more to your liking, but thanks for sharing anyway 🙂

    Yvonne xx

    • What an experience, seeing someone dying in front of you, and with children nearby too. How the staff reacts in this situation makes all the difference indeed.

  • I guess I never considered the idea that international airports would have their own medical staff. Makes perfect sense, so I don’t know why I never though of it before. I guess I figured in medical situations, one would call 911 (or that country’s equivalent). Anyway…. it sounds like false billing based on what the cover states. I would have been irritated about her attitude regarding the working dogs, too. Rules are in place for a reason. At least you didn’t waste any money on it.
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    • Aww yes, the thing about the dogs was so irritating. One of Festus’ brothers was a police dog, so I know how important is to respect the rules. It applies to all working dogs, from sheep dogs to police dogs to guide dogs.

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