FAA Requires Secondary Barrier for New Airplane Flight Decks

The measure will prevent people from intruding while doors are open.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its final rule requiring new passenger airplanes to install secondary barriers between passenger areas and the flight deck. 

Certain commercial plane operations require the flight deck to be open, allowing access between the cockpit and passenger areas. But this access has resulted in passenger intrusions on pilots as they’re operating the airplane, which can lead to awkward or even dangerous situations.

“Every day, pilots and flight crews transport millions of Americans safely – and today we are taking another important step to make sure they have the physical protections they deserve,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

The new rule will take effect in the next two years, allowing airplane manufacturers time to adapt. Pilot unions were advocating for one year, while airline corporations wanted three.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Acting Administrator Polly Trottenberg as she oversees FAA operations.
  • For Secretary Buttitigieg be wise in interventions and regulations on commercial airplanes.
  • For the health and well-being of flight crews and pilots as they fly across the nation and around the world.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill


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