Originally Posted by travler
unless you are getting paid then the rules change
What rules are those?
Sticking to the "getting paid" and airline pilot theme, there are hundreds of "dead heading" pilots sitting in a passenger seat at this very moment. They are getting paid, they are employed by the airline on which they are flying, they are certificated to take command of that aircraft in many if not most cases, and may even be senior to the captain in the left seat. But one thing stands out above all else - if the captain of that airliner breaks a rule or bends the thing, the captain sitting in a passenger seat has absolutely nothing to do with it and has no reason to fear blame for anything.