Published on : Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Following a security gaffe, the confidential access codes of United Airlines cockpits were all changed after it was accidentally released online over the weekend. It could have otherwise left the aircraft vulnerable to hijacking.
The codes were among other information posted by a flight attendant on a public website, as per a pilot. However, The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) said that the issue has been taken care off.
The American carrier’s parent company United Continental Holdings Inc, which owns United Express, also sent out an alert to their pilots warning them of the breach and asking them to ensure they follow additional security measures, such as verifying a person’s identity by sight before allowing them onto the flight deck.
United continental spokesperson said in a statement that they have learnt some cockpit doors access information may have been made public. Keeping the safety of their customers and crew as their priority, United utilises a number of measures to keep the flight decks secure beyond door access information. This protocol ensures the security of their cockpit.
In the wake of the September 11 attacks, ALPA has made a legal requirement that the flight deck doors need to be tough enough to withstand a grenade blast. ALPA said, “There have been at least 52 hijacking attempts around the world since 9/11. The US government has repeatedly and recently confirmed that aviation, in particular, is still a target of radical terrorists and the threat of hijackings is real.”