Seanp11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 290 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4574 times:
Almost every airliner now has a system in place where someone wanting to gain access to the cockpit has to get the pilots to let them in, but there is an override code that the flight attendants have, but will give the pilots plenty of time to improvise a weapon if a hijacker uses it to try to gain access to the cockpit. Flight attendants do need access to the cockpit, in case of both pilots being incapicitated.
DeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 634 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4532 times:
I would think the most practical thing would be to have a camera pointed to the outside of the cockpit door and a monitor in the cockpit. Then the pilots would be able to buzz in the flight attendant to bring them food etc. In the case of having the pilots incapacitated, I think a number code on a keypad would suffice, if only the flight crew knew the code. Also I think Boeing and Airbus should impliment a hijack feature on their autopilot systems so that the aircraft will atuomatically fly itself to the nearest suitable airport and lands. This feature should idealy include a nonoverride feature so that the hijackers will not be able to take control of the aircraft. Just my .
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 20465 posts, RR: 56 Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
I think I remember a story when one of the crew went to the bathroom during the flight, and forgot the password to get back in. The flight had to divert.
Aircraft going to DCA used to have a password to give to ATC in order to be allowed to approach the airport. One flight got it wrong, and had to divert to IAD and be thoroughly searched before the pax were allowed to get off.
So maybe passwords aren't the best idea.
I like electronic locks with a camera so that the pilots can identify who is trying to come in, with an override code so that the F/A can get in in an emergency.
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LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12665 posts, RR: 13 Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4485 times:
The best ways are to keep potential hijackers off the aircraft in the first place, limiting access to the cockpit and training pilots and cabin crew in procedures in case of a hijacking or other event.
ElAl, because of their unique situtaion, is the absolute best at reducing all those major areas of risk but is at a level unacceptable to any other airline due to costs, time, facilities and invasions of passanger's privacy. In the meantime, much can be done in simplier ways to reduce the risks.
A properly run TSA, like seen in many EC and Asian countries, can have well trained people along with sound and effective procedures keeping off potential troublemakers as well as potential weapons and bombs.
Limiting access to the cockpit, including 2-door or reinforced door systems with coded bypass systems for emergency crew access or access for food and toilet facilites by cockpit crews are already well established on many airlines. Had they been in effect prior to 9/11, they probably would have prevented those terror acts.
While there are limitations at this time on systems to operate a/c remotely in case of a hijacking where the cockpit is taken over, those could be developed over the next several years. In the meantime, there can be training of cabin crew to thrwat acts along with armed Air Marshalls. Pilots can have coded messages from cabin crew to make severe manuvers of the aircraft that will disrupt hijackings early on.