Airlines Alter Cockpit Rules After Crash



Airlines across the world on Thursday changed rules mandating a second crew member be present in the cockpit at all times, following revelations that a German co-pilot may have locked himself in and deliberately crashed a jetliner.

Though the U.S. has required two crew members to be in the cabin at all times since the 9/11 attacks, many countries had not updated the rules.

Norwegian Air Shuttle, easyJet, Air Canada and Air Berlin all announced the new requirement while Germanwings parent company Lufthansa was among the airlines that did not change policy.

Just hours before, French prosecutors said black box recordings suggest 27-year-old Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cabin in order to crash a Germanwings plane into the Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Read more.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Chaval that such a common-sense rule (which American carriers already had in place, so it’s not like no one thought of it until now) wasn’t implemented until so many innocents were murdered by a deranged suicidal individual.

    It isn’t a guarantee against this sort of attack – a copilot could overpower the “shomer”, or both crew-members could conspire to destroy the plane – but it makes it far more difficult and far less likely that an airliner would be deliberately crashed.