Canadian airlines to have two crew members in cockpit at all times

"...All our efforts focus on improving the safety and security of passengers and crews."

In light of Wednesday’s aviation tragedy, airlines around the world have committed to having two crew members in the cockpit at all times.

Several Canadian carriers––including Air Canada, WestJet and Air Transat––quickly announced that all flights would have two people in the cockpit at all times. Porter Airlines said its policy has always been to have at least two crew in the flight deck at all times during flight.

In Ottawa, the federal government issued an interim order requiring any Canadian airline carrying passengers to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times.

European airlines, including the Lufthansa Group that includes Germanwings, were already committing to impose the measure as soon as possible.

European Aviation Safety Agency Executive Director Patrick Ky said that “while we are still mourning the victims, all our efforts focus on improving the safety and security of passengers and crews.”

Experts say that one security rule is to keep the door shut as much as possible, something which a two-person rule would not necessarily encourage. Also, replacement staff might not have had the same medical and psychological checks.

Denmark’s Transport Minister Magnus Heunicke that the Danish Transport Authority also would review all physical and mental tests of pilots flying to and from Denmark. German news media have depicted co-pilot Andreas Lubitz as a man with a history of depression who had received psychological treatment.

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