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Cockpit Visits During Flight  
User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3222 times:

I am fling on 3 flight this summer. IAH-HNL (CO DC-10). AUS-DFW-COS (AA 757, MD-80, DL MD-90). And AUS-IAH-PNS (CO 757,738). I know that sitting jump seat isn't allowed, but is cockpit visits? I see pictures from the flight deck all the time in flight. Does this just depend if the pilot is in a good mood or not? Thanks!


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User currently offline777x From United States of America, joined Dec 2014, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

Sorry you are SOL

No in flight flight deck visits on any US airline, ever, unless you are crew yourself.

Many non US airlines do allow visits, but that won't help you.


User currently offlineAa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

When the plane is sitting at the gate you can ask to see the cockpit, most of the time they will let you. When I was in DEN over spring break I was flying a UA 757 DEN-BOS and the plane had been siting out in the de icing area while we waited to leave, there was weather problems in BOS delaying us. While we were sitting on the ground the captain came over the PA and said any one who wanted could come visit the cockpit. I went up for a while and talked about how I was working on my PPL and other stuff. There is no way you will be allowed in the cockpit while the plane is in the air.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

Getting to visit the flightdeck during the flight is not allowed at all. Movies have painted the picture that during a flight, people can go visit the crew up front. I myself have only ever visited the flightdeck for enjoyments sake on three airplanes, the 777, the MD-11, and the A330. I've seen the flightdeck for the 727 from my seat upfront. As a ramper, I've seen the cockpits of the DC-9, the 737-200, the 717-200, the CRJ-200, the EMB-120, and the ATR-72. These visits were not social calls as I had business to conduct with the pilots. Although I have to admit I'd love to do the old bit from "Airplane" one of these days while on a flight.

User currently offlineJetboy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3178 times:

Apparently it is strictly a thing that happens with US airlines, as I my self have been to the cockpit a million times on non US carriers, even takeoff and landings, with no problems

cheers jetboy

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7992 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3167 times:

This is possibly for security reasons but I'm surprised.
In contrast Lufthansa pilots are assigned to allow visits "whenever possible".


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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3162 times:

US airlines are a frigging joke. Hypocrites of the highest order.

They whine about sterile cockpits and stuff for security reasons, but they allow anyone with a pulse to get within yards of an international flight, they staff the security desks with minimum wage rent-a-cops and their luggage matching programs might as well not exist for all the use they are.

Of course, this is secondary just in case 6 yr old Johnny who wants to visit the cockpit is really Ahmed the Middle Eastern terrorist in disguise. Never mind that the damn cockpit door is made of some crappy synthetic fiber that can be destroyed with a single swift kick by a paraplegic with attitude.

Gimme a frigging break folks. If I were a threat to the security of an aircraft, the only deterrent to my success would be that I was laughing too hard at the pathetic things they do in the name of security. Some people just get off on their powertrips and alas, this is an example of that.

User currently offlineCoboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

yeah, it's a us carrier thing that you won't be able to visit the cockpit, not during the flight anyways. Your only chance is during the boarding process. You can stop and look around for a min or two then. But other than that, you really are SOL. On american carriers, the only non working crewmembers that can go in there are the FA's and any jumpseating pilot and aircraft mechanic. Being able to jumpseat in the cockpit is one of the reasons why I am working on getting my A & P licenses. I wanna fly in the cockpit on a 777 or 757 soooooooo bad!!!!!

User currently offlineBob/chi-kyu From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3142 times:

I'm glad cockpit visits are allowed in Europe ! I've noever had no for an answer when I asked the F/A's to visit the cockpit.



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