I just read an article about a man (who is alledgedly an airplane mechanic) who was a passenger on an airplane that had some mechanical issues. Because there were no 'local' mechanics around, he decided to take matters into his own hands and fix the problem himself.
This all seems nice but in this day of age where airplane security and regulation is so tight, I wonder if this is possible at all. It also seems to me that by the airplane company is taking a huge risk in letting this "random" person fix this problem. The article obviously oversimplifies a few things, but regardless of that, here's my question:
Is it possible for a random passenger, who also happens to be an airplane mechanic (working for airline X) to fix an issue on the airplane he happens to be on, given that there are no "local" mechanics around (however unlikely that might be)?