TSA to implement new rules after Ethiopian copilot hijacks passenger plane to Switzerland.Submitted by jetguy on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 16:34
GENEVA (AP) — It seemed like a routine overnight flight until the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner went into a dive and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. Only then did the terrified passengers — bound for Italy from Addis Ababa — realize something was terribly wrong.
The co-pilot had locked his captain from the cockpit, commandeered the plane, and headed for Geneva, where he asked for political asylum, although authorities say a prison cell is more likely.
I understand that TSA is now considering a range of measures designed to make sure that this does not happen from a US flight. These might include.
1.) Giving keys to the cockpit door exclusively to the pilot. and making the door unlockable from the inside without the key.
2.) Requiring pilots to use special "pee bottles" in the cockpit that the copilot will then have to go empty.
3.) Requiring copilots to go to the bathroom at the same time as pilots.
4.) Having planes fly without copilots (a little more humane than 5.)
5.) Shooting dead all copilots at TSA checkpoints.
But TSA is still trying to figure out a way for this to allow them to do full cavity searches on hot... er "suspected" passengers.