New airline planes will be required to have secondary barriers to the cockpit to protect pilots

Faa Cockpit Barriers
FILE - American Airlines pilot captain Pete Gamble, left, and first officer John Konstanzer conduct a pre-flight check in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max jet before taking off from Dallas Fort Worth airport on Dec. 2, 2020, in Grapevine, Texas. U.S. officials said Wednesday, June 14, 2023, that they will require new airline planes built after mid-2025 to have a second barrier to make it harder for passengers to break into the cockpit when the main door is open. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

The Associated Press

It will be harder to break into the cockpit on new airline planes. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a final rule Wednesday that will require commercial planes built after mid-2025 to have secondary barriers for extra security when the main cockpit door is open.

Pilot groups have been lobbying for the change.

Officials call the rule an important step to give pilots more protection.

In 2018, Congress ordered the FAA to require secondary barriers, but the agency didn’t issue a proposal until last year.

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6/14/2023 12:35:37 PM (GMT -5:00)

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