The Ministry of Transport has issued a directive to Japanese airlines to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times during flights.
The order comes in response to the crash of a Germanwings plane earlier this year when the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane.
In line with a recommendation made in Europe by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Minister Akihiro Ota said he has asked all Japanese airlines to implement the new rule from May 1, Fuji TV reported.
In the event that one pilot needs to use the restroom, a flight attendant would be required to enter the cockpit as a stand-in, should no other pilot be available.
The new regulation will not, however, apply to foreign airlines flying into Japan.© Japan Today