Cockpit doors have been secured |

Cockpit doors have been secured

In his letter to The Union Jan. 10, [the writer] expresses his opinion that nothing has been done to make airline cockpit doors more secure from would be terrorists. He ends his letter with the question, “Am I missing something here?”

Well, sir, apparently you are. U.S. airline cockpit doors were temporarily reinforced within a few weeks of Sept. 11, 2001, and then permanently updated (at a cost of many thousands of dollars per airplane) within a few months of the event. They can now withstand small arms fire and small explosions.

Entry and exit to and from the cockpit in flight is rigorously controlled. Armed federal air marshals are aboard many flights, and some trained and certified pilots are carrying weapons. I believe all of this information was made public some time ago.

Alan Gaines

Nevada City

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