I don't know if this design philosophy truly reflects a difference between American and European cultures. But I would say, to the public, this is not a story about culture or mechanical sensors. It's a story about whether the pilots in the cabin have a fighting chance to bring you back alive, if something goes very wrong. That is an epic human story, of which I would not want to be on the wrong marketing side. If I were an airline, I would have already cancelled any Airbus orders possible. That's exactly what I expect to see happen.
Note to Orbitz et al. Offer an extra search option to select for aircraft with pilot override. It would be a great differentiator.
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