From Politico: Advocates see risk in cockpit doors

Kathryn Wolfe from Politico reports today:

“Safety advocates are ramping up the pressure on airlines to finish closing one of the security holes that played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks: breachable cockpit doors.

That may sound surprising, especially given how quickly the airlines — prodded by Congress — rushed after the tragedy to make doors stronger to withstand intruders, small arms fire and even some grenades.

But reinforced cockpit doors work only when closed, and pilots sometimes open them mid-flight for restroom breaks and meals. And some airlines — especially United — have backslid on earlier promises to install secondary barriers that would block access when the doors are opened, according to safety advocates who include airline pilots and a Sept. 11 widow….”

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