Watch How to Hijack an Airplane in Just Two Seconds

Posted Mar 5th 2014 01:31 PM

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Airline employees and the widow of a pilot killed on 9/11 released a video showing just how easy it is for terrorists to take control of an airplane's cockpit.

According to the Huffington Post:

Under current protocol, flight attendants on many planes are stationed behind a beverage cart blocking the pathway to the cockpit whenever the cockpit door is open. Safety advocates want the government to mandate that airlines install a secondary barrier to prevent the cockpit from being vulnerable when the door is open, as United Airlines did voluntarily until recently, when it began removing the barriers from newer planes.

The video at the end of this post shows one passenger attacking the flight attendant manning the beverage cart, while another passenger rushes the cockpit and shut the door behind him. Infiltrating the cockpit takes less than two seconds.

Ellen Saracini, the widow of Victor Saracini who piloted United Airlines Flight 175 on 9/11, has been one a chief advocate for the second barrier. The video has been making the halls of Congress to show lawmakers just how easy it would be for terrorists to hijack a plane. Saracini said the video was shot on a real airplane and the unidentified participants in it are real airplane employees.

Sarachi explained to the Huffington Post, "that while the Sept. 11 attackers needed five people to take over an aircraft -- two to get into the cockpit, the others to protect the cockpit from being breached -- terrorists wouldn't need anyone to protect the cockpit today because the doors are reinforced."

Two Seconds To Breach

[H/T The Economist]

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