Just a quick thought after this week’s air crash in France, in which the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit and intentionally crashed the plane into the mountains. In this case, security worked too well. The cockpit door locks were designed to keep terrorists out of the cockpit. But there has always been a risk that pilots could also become incapaciated by smoke or other hazards. We have remotely piloted drones now. So, why not equip every airliner with the capability to be piloted from the ground in an emergency?
It would require a clear set of criteria for ground controllers (either from air traffic control, or from the airline) to take control of the flight. I would suggest that they might want to put some simple security features into this system, too; like two-person authorization to prevent a single person from hijacking a plane from the ground. Of course the communications need to be secure, so it would be hard for anyone to hack into it.
Also, it’s about time for all flight data and voice recorders to be transmitting data in real time (securely, of course) to ground systems, where the data would be stored (securely, of course) for a period of time.
Just my thoughts.
The Streetwise Security Coach