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(Video) Airbus Reinforced Cockpit Door Description and Procedure

Inevitably there will be questions about cockpit access procedures; here is a video explaining how it works on an Airbus. ( More...

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Keeps good guys in and bad guys out OR good guys out and bad guy(s) in. Oops.
I find 1 problem with this video as a whole. The pilots are sleeping in the cockpit with nobody flying the plane
Frank Harvey 2
"George" is flying.

Over the years there have been reports of both, or even all three, flight crew dozing off on transatlantic flights. The last I recall was about two years ago on (I think) an A330.
Several seem to have been self-reported by BA crews. On one self-reported occasion years ago a BA flight engineer woke up and noticed that both pilots were sleeping so deeply that they were snoring (according to the press).
sparkie624 3
There have also been reports of pilots working on their laptops and over flying their destination only to be disrupted by the FA wanting to know how much longer.
Roger Curtiss 1
One more problem. Sally attempts to awaken the crew but they remain unresponsive. Now what is she going to do?
That water bottle contained vodka.
Joe Birts 1
Is this applicable to the retrofit on older AC?
sparkie624 1
This is a newer setup, but same basic system.. Only real difference is the keypad is not flush mounted in most cases... Boeing has a similar plan.
Tom Zaidman 1
On CNN yesterday a Mexican pilot mentioned on many flights the door to the cockpit is not locked! Could this be true?
sparkie624 1
I doubt in the US... It is on the Checklist to lock t he door, and they are stupid if they do not. In Mexico who knows???
spatr 1
On the Bus you can't leave the door unlocked. The switch would have to be held in the unlock position since it is spring loaded to the NORMAL position.
Garey Gruber 1
I'm just wondering: if OnStar can pop open a car lock using satellite technology, surely the same technology could be used to remotely unlock a cockpit door. The circuitry may need to override the pilots lockout ability.
Ric Wernicke 1
The flight deck door may have been designed by talented engineers, but the protocols were created by security "experts" who struggled to finish high school. We all see a fatal flaw in the design of the door system that would allow a determined criminal to seize control of the airplane and use the properties of the door system to exclude passengers and crew from the cockpit.

On the other hand, El Al has never had a serious problem aloft because they keep criminals off the airplane. Their vetting of passengers, crew, luggage, and cargo would allow replacing the door with a curtain. Their attention to detail certainly would have prevented the tragedy in the Alps.
Lloyd Johnson 0
I find 1 problem with this video as a whole. This information really was not meant for the general public. Now every media outlet is explaining in detail how it all works. And even an aviation website like links to it? Disappointed...
dbaker 2
The biggest problem with your claim is that the video WAS in fact meant to be public. That's why it's on YouTube. For what it's worth, the PDF manuals of how the system operates were on the internet years before this video.

The intent of releasing this is to reassure people about the process and how it works. There is no additional security through making this information slightly less available.


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