The jumpseater had just been hired by our airline. Young wife. Infant at home. I’ve heard some disturbing speculation about this one but I cannot repeat them here. I want to believe it was BS anyway.
MCAS. I got the name wrong. Funny how quickly new planes make us dump the old. All Boeings have two red guarded switches next to the throttles that remove all electric power from the trim. But if you ever jumpseat in a Boeing you will note that those two switches will show zero signs of use. For good reason as they are never touched. So unless pilots make a habit of restoring them into muscle memory, it is easy to understand why they might be overlooked when things go nuts in the cockpit.