Airlines of the world: Now fix your cockpit door locks, please!
The Germanwings 4U9525 tragedy has taught everyone about Airbus’ reinforced cockpit door.
We have learned, that the system has basically been designed to facilitate the following:
- The primary way of opening the door is from inside the cockpit.
- An emergency code known to the entire crew can be used to open the door from outside the cockpit. (*)
- However, this emergency scenario can be blocked for five minutes, by using a lock switch located inside the cockpit.
- In case of a power outage, the door gets unlocked automatically.
While the world primarily (and understandably) debates the human aspects of this catastrophe, I’d like to suggest to make one small enhancement to the system:
- In case the computers detect an emergency, for example a ground proximity warning, this is treated similarly to a power outage: The door gets unlocked, no questions asked.
I’m not an aviation expert, but
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