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Cockpit Visits?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 1:09 pm


What's the story with cockpit visits since 9/11? Are they letting passenges visit the cockpit or not? Also I've noticed alot of pictures from the flightdeck during flight. Are the pilots taking these pictures or are passenges allowed in cockpits of certain international airlines during flight?

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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 1:29 pm

For US carriers it has been banned for a long time, and now with the attack on 9/11 I doubt you'll ever see inflight visits allowed. Limited visits while at the gate are allowed by just about every carrier out there. As for international carriers, I think a number of them have also begun to ban the in flight cockpit visit.

As for pictures, I always carry a camera with me on all my flights. Never know what will come along, although I have never posted one here. Take care.
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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 4:20 pm

I've tried it on some flights with LH but the answer was always negativ. (after terror acts...) I will try it again, that's for shure!

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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 4:34 pm

It was no problem on most European and Asian airlines, I spent quite a few hours in cockpits of several carriers, including LH on short and longhaul services, friends and collegues of mine reporting the same (Best carriers in my experience: BA in general, LH, if you don't mind to pester the crews a little bit, they rarely said no, Thai, very friendly and cooperative, they consider your interest as a compliment). I did make pics (but never posted any), no problem as well. Since sept. 11th, well, you can just about forget it, at least in Europe, don't know about Asia, but I guess not that different. Just give it some time, people tend to forget!
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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 7:38 pm

For LH, only people who are well known by the captain, other LH pilots or people with senator miles&more card are allowed to visit the cockpit  Sad
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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 7:42 pm

How come then that I have seen a lot of inflight cockpit shots taken after 11/9 here on A.net?

They were mostly from European airlines i think, and i don't think its impossible to visit the cockpit anymore. Give it a try and I'll guess they'll say yes.

I will try next year on SK and LH

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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Sun Dec 23, 2001 11:55 pm

SK has officially banned all visits for regular pax.
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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 12:03 am

My assumption would be that the Flight Crew are taking the photos (pilots, FA) in flight. Ground shots probably from ground staff (maint)
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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 12:58 am

I was told in October (20th, I think) by a BA steward that the CAA had banned all cockpit visits on British a/c.

T'was a shame - it was my first time on a 757!

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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 4:06 am

I know of someone who WAS granted a flight deck visit and jump seat landing with a UK holiday charter airline. This was during November just gone, i.e. after 11/9.

This person does not know any staff of the airline, neither had he flown the airline before, but he does hold a PPL and was able to prove that.

My advice to anyone, always, always ask. The worst that can happen is that they say no.
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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 9:59 am

A lot of pilots bring cameras with them on flights, and I know there are a lot of airline pilots that visit this website. My assumption is that the majority of flight deck photos are submitted by cockpit crewmembers. The configuration of some aircraft prohibit flight deck visits such as the ATR, where a passenger would be required to walk through the cargo compartment to gain access to the flight deck. Rules require checked bags to be isolated from passengers at all times since they have not been screened.
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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 10:23 am

I flew 2 times after 9/11 and I was allowed into the cockpit for a chat with the pilots but only after the plane has parked. Maybe you could try to write a note to the pilot when in-flight to say you love planes and request to visit after flight? In-flight is almost impossible now I guess.

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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 6:28 pm

mr BA

was that singapore airlines from hk??????

btw i was the tall guy when we went spotting here in clk, that is if i have your username correct  Smile

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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Mon Dec 24, 2001 8:37 pm

Yeah DAQ. It's me.  Smile It was nice spotting with you guys, let's hope there will be another time.

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RE: Cockpit Visits?

Tue Dec 25, 2001 1:11 am

It's always worth a try, i for one always ask a stewerd/ess, but after september 11, i doubt it'll ever be ok to visit the flight deck in flight again. There is an answer to this though, save up £50,000 and become an airline pilot, problem solved!!



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