Ethiopian plane diverted to Geneva

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  1. Sammich

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    Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacks plane to seek Geneva asylum
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26222674
     
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    The Penalty Box was great at information and updates tonight. It seems the plane was supposed to land in Rome but hijacked by a squawk 7500. With a reported 20 minutes left of fuel, the plane finally landed. GVA ceased ATC communications, likely to deal with the event. At least they were on the ground, and here's hoping all the pax got off the plane safely.
     
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    The co-pilot locked the door when the pilot when to the lav, and took over the plane.
    At least we know the cockpit doors are now secure. :p
     
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    Isn't there a keypad for numerical entry on the outside of the cockpit door? I assume it was disabled by the copilot inside.
     
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    Yes, but the number was written on a post-it note inside the cockpit. :)
     
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    :p
     
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    According to a pax on the flight (see http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1y8qmh/iama_passenger_on_yesterdays_hijacked_plane_from/ )

    "he threatened to crash the plane if the pilot would try to enter the cabin again."

    This suggests the captain had the code, the door was not (or could not be) disabled.

    I think this incident spells the end of commercial airline service with just one FA. A security procedure that replaced a pilot using the lav with an FA in the cockpit is necessary to reduce the chances of a repeat. And that means that rest of the cabin would be without an FA in a 50 seater airliner until the FA returned from the cockpit.
     
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  9. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Naaa...

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    On second thought, I agree. Diapers for pilots on short hauls seem likely for 50 seaters.
     
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    With the size of those lavs on the UA E145's and the "short haul" of a three hour and thirty eight minute nonstop we had on one from YYZ to IAH a couple of years ago, they may need to issue diapers to the pax also, not just the flight deck. Faster trip on the way back though, shaved 23 minutes off the outbound= tightly crossed legs all the way!
     
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