DISTRACTION IN THE COCKPIT !!
A highly exaggerated story. A generally reliable airline source says that while it is true that the pilots did have two cabin crew in the cockpit for about 20 minutes, it is purely a flight of someone s imagination that both pilots slept for 40 mins in business class, leaving the cabin crew in charge in the cockpit. I dont think there is any route segment on this sector, which will make 40 mins absence possible without the ATC howling for a position report or asking for a change of frequency. If such a thing had happened, ATC would be the one to report the matter. In this case it was another crew member who reported the matter on landing. Â Of course, cabin crew being in the cockpit for 20 mins without a specific duty to perform cannot be justified. Autopilot getting disconnected was purely accidental. It was reconnected in a matter of seconds, without any loss of height or direction.
The reporters do sometimes get carried away by their anxiety to file attention grabbing reports, which will sell. A report against any pilot is one such case, Â covered by a term euphemistically called as the “Editorial Policy”