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originally posted by: Barnalby
This is the solution. We haven't had another hijacking in 14 years, however at this point, we HAVE had incidents of pilot incapacitation/malicious pilot activity kill nearly as many passengers as 9/11 did.
The locked cockpit doors do nothing, they're just security theater. Let's get rid of them once and for all.
Technology offers the hope that the Germanwings plane disaster will never happen again, experts have told Sky News. Systems are already in place to fly unmanned planes from the ground, but they are currently only used in the military sphere.
n 2009, Honeywell was awarded a patent for a fly-by-wire system that could take control of a plane's cockpit controls and remotely pilot a commercial plane to prevent "unauthorised-flight" and maintain "stable flight".
Mischa Dohler, Head of King's College London's Centre for Telecommunications Research, told Sky News: "We have all the technology in place so the aircraft can talk to the ground directly or via the satellite link, so that is all possible. It's just a question of cost. "At the end of the day, you just need to pay for the infrastructure or a data plan, in the same way as you might pay for your mobile phones. "The airlines have to decide whether they are willing to invest that money to add that extra real-time safety to airplanes."
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.