Sunday, November 12, 2006

Prevent Wireles hijacks

Flight attendants may soon be outfitted with wireless devices that would be used to alert pilots of attempted hijackings or other in-air security threats. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to require that airlines provide a way for the cabin crew to “discreetly notify’’ pilots “in the event of suspicious activity or security breaches in the cabin.’’ The proposed regulation, which is not yet final, grew out of an advisory panel that the Transportation Department created after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The panel had recommended that cabin crews have “a method for immediate notification to the flight deck during a suspected threat in the cabin’’ that would permit pilots to take appropriate action, such as beginning an immediate landing.

In some airlines have offered flight attendants that kind of alert system “for quite some time’’.
The FAA’s proposal does not mandate wireless devices—which Congress recommended in the law creating the Department of Homeland Security but did not require. Instead, the proposal merely says that passenger flights must have an “approved means’’ by which flight crews could signal such an alert.

Other systems that the agency mentioned as possible alternatives to wireless devices include setting up an alarm procedure using an existing communications system, such as “subtly keying the (intercom) in a specific manner’’.
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