Satellites, Parachutes, Urine Bottles: How Airlines Might Try to Keep Planes Safe
Could new airplane technology prevent a mid-air sabotage like the one that tragically brought down Germanwings Flight 9525?
Kurt "The Cyber Guy" Knutsson said on "Fox and Friends" this morning that Michael J. Small, CEO of Gogo Inflight Internet, revealed that in 2016 they will launch satellite-plane communication, which is known as the "connected plane" concept.
Knutsson explained that this essentially means that the plane will be connected to the Internet at all times, which could allow ground-based air traffic control to take over parts of the aircraft, such as unlocking the cockpit door.
"The doomsday scenario of that would be that a hacker can control not just one aircraft, but a hundred, and fly them into the ground," Knutsson explained.
Knutsson shared some other technologies that could help prevent crashes, such as parachuted-equipped passenger aircrafts.
"There's a Minneapolis-based company called BRS, and they do those parachutes that you've seen on military jets and also civilian aircraft," Knutsson said. "Those parachutes have saved to date 300 lives, but could that work on a commercial jet? And they're saying yes."
Knutsson said another low-tech solution that has been suggested is that the cockpit door remain locked for the duration of the flight and pilots use urine bottles instead of leaving to use the lavatory.
"Female pilots are up-in-arms this morning, saying, 'Absolutely, not. That is an invasion of my privacy. I am not going to pee in a bottle on an aircraft. It's simply not going to happen.'"
Another low or no-tech option that's being discussed, Knutsson said, is to leave the cockpit door unlocked at all times.
"The belief is that, especially in this country, that we as passengers, we as Americans in the flying public, would never allow any incident like this occur, and we would overpower any attempt to take over an aircraft."
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