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Airplane theft shows potential dangers from airline workers

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Apparently he never had a pilot's license. So he learned to fly on his Ipad then did he ? What BS !

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I read the transcript of the people in the control tower trying to help the would-be pilot. They were amazing. A skilled psychiatrist couldn’t have done better. The fact that Rich still maintained a sense of humanity in wanting to spare others harm and pain in the midst of his tragic drama is quite noteworthy. Sorry he was unable to save himself. And yes, airport security could certainly start by locking up airplanes parked in hangars as a simple first step in preventing copy cat hijacks.

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I'm guessing there's no "LOCK out, TAG Out" system for aircraft on the ground.

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Securing a plane need not be rocket science.

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A pilot's license isn't necessary to fly a plane any more than a driver's license is needed to drive a vehicle. I learned to fly aircraft in college as part of my degree, but didn't want to drive a bus for a living.

This is more my speed: https://youtu.be/EmegEtzFxFA - Ultimate Bush Plane

The guy was paid to taxi aircraft. If you have access to a plane, but are limited to 15 mph, wouldn't that drive you crazy? Wouldn't you want to take it for a spin? Just once?

This is 1 incident. No steps needed until 1,000 more happen. I'm completely serious. The guy was crazy. You can't stop crazy if you don't know about it before it shows up.

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Of course you can stop crazy, you just have to have the will to fit the extra security devices. My car has a keyless entry and ignition system. All that is required is for the pilot to be handed an electronic key prior to boarding the aircraft. The plane will not start unless the key is present in the cockpit. Simples.

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airplanes don't have keys? Good to know

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Russell was asked by an air traffic controller whether he was comfortable “just flying the plane around"

Russell responded, “I played video games before, so, you know, I know what I’m doing a little bit”

Flight sims can now be highly realistic, down to the switches in a cockpit - highly improbable, but not impossible that a civilian who has a thorough experience of flight simulation could indeed start, taxi and take off an aircraft with no real world pilot experience

(Terrorists don't need to attend flight schools anymore just to crash an aircraft)

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My car has a keyless entry and ignition system. All that is required is for the pilot to be handed an electronic key prior to boarding the aircraft. The plane will not start unless the key is present in the cockpit. Simples.

a) keyless entry and ignition can be hacked.

b) This guy's job was taxiing airplanes around, so he would have a key.

Not so simple.

The tarmac at commercial airports is a restricted area. Background checks are required for any access.

This incident is 1 situation and none of your recommendations would have prevented it. One incident isn't worth changing anything over, unless you want to pay the bill and pay the liability with those newly-mandated systems kill someone.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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