Germanwings Crash Prompts Airlines To Change Cockpit Policies


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After Germanwings Flight 9525 crash in the French Alps killing 150 people, airlines around the world are changing safety policies on Thursday.

easyJet, Air Canada and Norwegian Air are adding two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times. The reassessment comes after investigators discovered co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had “deliberately” locked pilot outside of the cockpit after he had gone to the bathroom. The new rule requires either a flight attendant or another crew member to stay in the cockpit in addition to the co-pilot.

SEE ALSO: UPDATE: New Details On Germanwings Crash

After 9/11, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires U.S. carriers to station a second crew member to be in the cockpit. FAA indicates:

In order to operate the flight deck door during flight time and permit flight deck access by persons authorized in accordance with [FAA regulations] certified airlines must develop and use FAA-approved procedures regarding the opening, closing, and locking of the flight deck door.

Some airlines such as Aer Lingus and Ryanair already implement this rule, but most European airlines do not require a second crew member in the cockpit. Experts believe this will change soon after the release of more details regarding the crash.

A spokesperson for Norwegian Air revealed to Reuters:

We have been planning to change our procedures, but this accident has sped up the implementation. From now on, two people from the crew will always have to be present in the cockpit.

As of now, Lufthansa – Germanwings’ parent company – will not be changing its regulations, as mentioned by CEO Casten Spohr. But things may alter as more information of the crash unfolds.

Source: Yahoo News. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

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