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  • I live near a fairly dangerous road, and I've called 911 a few times to report car accidents outside my home. It's a lot like giving a PIREP - you give the necessary information and the appropriate h...

  • In the 911 terror attack the transponders were turned off. Who is to blame for the lack of foresight that has allowed another jet liner to shut off their transponders. This is a ΒΌ billion-dollar shi...

  • Are pilots armed? flyingfisch

    Are pilots armed to defend themselves in event of a terrorist attack? It seems that in view of terrorist attacks and hijackings since 9/11 they would be.

  • Do planes have keys? Danny Beckett

    One thing I've always wondered is: do airplanes have keys that you put in the ignition to start? And on the outside doors? Otherwise how are they secured and started? I'm interested to know about a ...

  • In the US, the FFDO programme trains and permits pilots to carry a firearm in the cockpit. Do any other countries have a similar programme?

  • All this confusion over flight 370 has me wondering if it would be possible to hack into an airplane and control the autopilot or other on-board systems in a way that the pilots couldn't regain contro...

  • On the question of Are pilots armed?, one thing this made me think is: for the few that are armed, are they allowed to bring their weapon into, for example, the UK? What is the procedure? Does the gun stay in the cockpit or does it need to be checked by security once on the ground? Presuming a pilot had to fire a gun over EU airspace, is he breaking the law?

  • The Federal Flight Deck Officer page on Wikipedia says this: Under the FFDO program, flight crew members are authorized to use firearms. A flight crew member may be a pilot, flight engineer or nav...

  • While most travelers are well familiar with the security measures imposed by conventional airlines, it is unclear how they apply to private aircraft. Is it possible for a private individual to charter a 747 for private uses? And if so, are there any security measures in place to prevent said private individual from misusing the aircraft? (hopefully this question won't get me on the no-fly list) :)