This is an interesting short opinion piece I found on cockpit door security........enjoy!
(Michael Carter APF Editor and Chief)
Safety and security have long formed a comforting alliterative pairing in airline circles – which disguises the fact that they’re not necessarily the same thing.
While a police officer might suggest you fit a lock to your front door for security, a firefighter could advise you to remove it for safety.
It’s a problem that is irreconcilable at its most fundamental level, which is why there can be no simple one-size-fits-all solution to cockpit protection.
Before the events of 9/11, security and safety had typically been separate – security on the ground, safety in the air. But when the armoured cockpit door was hastily ushered in to defend it against the enemy without, the flightdeck became vulnerable to enemies within: not audacious publicity-seeking hijackers, but the cliff-edge mind-states of pilots harbouring undetected psychological pressures.
When Germanwings flight 9525 disintegrated in a southern French valley in March, the once clear-cut logic behind the secure cockpit door – already strained by the LAM crash in Namibia, the Ethiopian diversion to Geneva, and perhaps even the loss of Malaysia Airlines MH370 – shattered with it.
Europe’s aviation safety authority has set itself the task of picking up the pieces and examining whether, post-Germanwings, the reasoning behind the flightdeck barrier still holds. When is a door not a door?