Delta started flying theirs in October. Here is the news story.
It was released around, or on 10/30 as thats when the original post was made on the aol Delta board.
Delta to Test New Security Measures
By JUSTIN BACHMAN
.c The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) - Part of its efforts to make flying safer, and more secure, Delta Air Lines displayed security modifications Monday it's testing on a medium-range jet, featuring a closed-circuit camera system in the passenger cabin and a transponder pilots will activate if there is a hijacking.
The airline, which expects to test the modified MD-88 for three months, has not decided whether to equip its entire fleet with the cameras and transponders. Company officials declined to say where or how many cameras were on the plane.
Delta also said it finished reinforcing the cockpit doors on its 575 airplanes Sunday.
Since terrorists hijacked and crashed four planes Sept. 11, airlines are struggling to persuade many Americans that flying remains a safe proposition. The sharp plunge in traffic has led to enormous financial losses in the industry and a $15 billion government bailout package.
Pilots will use the cameras to see who is outside the cockpit door and can monitor any section of the cabin whenever they choose to turn the system on, said Jamie McElvaney, Delta's director of aircraft engineering.
A small monitor fits on the control panels of the first officer's seat on the narrow-body jet. The installation takes about three days, depending on the size of the airplane, and costs $8,000 to $15,000, said Kent Horton, a Delta engineer.
Pilots probably won't use the cameras much on routine flights, Delta officials said.
The other device, the transponder, is designed to transmit the plane's location in case the flight is hijacked.
The hijackers in the terrorist attacks last month on New York and Washington switched off the transponders, preventing ground officials from monitoring the jets' movements.
The modified transponder cannot be disabled from the cockpit, although Delta officials declined to say where it has been positioned. It will be used only in a hijacking.
Udo Rieder, Delta's vice president of engineering and planning, said the company's regional carriers ACJet, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Comair and SkyWest are modifying cockpit doors ``on an accelerated schedule.''
Delta and Northwest are serving as co-chairs of an industry task force designed to draft cockpit door security protocols, with an April 2003 deadline, he said.
``When it comes to safety, we don't compete,'' Rieder said.
While Delta has not decided definitively whether it will install the cameras and transponder on each plane, one Delta pilot at Monday's unveiling said he looks forward to having them on every jet.
``We're a lot safer than we were before September 11th, but we're not as secure as we're going to be,'' said Craig ``Scott'' Coleman, a Delta pilot and a member of the Air Line Pilots Association security committee.