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Cockpit Visits During Flight

Thu May 03, 2001 3:34 am

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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RE: Cockpit Visits During Flight

Thu May 03, 2001 3:37 am

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.


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RE: Cockpit Visits During Flight

Thu May 03, 2001 3:54 am

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.
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RE: Cockpit Visits During Flight

Thu May 03, 2001 4:08 am

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.
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A US Thing

Thu May 03, 2001 4:43 am

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

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RE: A US Thing

Thu May 03, 2001 5:15 am

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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RE: Cockpit Visits During Flight

Thu May 03, 2001 5:39 am

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.
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RE: Cockpit Visits During Flight

Thu May 03, 2001 6:03 am

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!!!!!

RE: Cockpit Visits During Flight

Thu May 03, 2001 6:15 am

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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