Scientists and Engineers Working On Hijack-Proof Plane

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The hijack-proof plane concept is a part of a four-year, 35.8 million Euro project to develop a plane that's as impervious as possible to terrorist plots. The advanced technology can monitor passengers via video and microphone, bar entry to the cockpit unless there's a correct fingerprint ID, and avoid collisions with buildings or mountains by automatically changing trajectory if the plane detects one in the way.

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Also, there's a program that matches passengers to luggage, a biometric camera to match passengers with their identities, and an electronic nose to detect explosives when the passengers board. All this stuff will probably take many, many years to make it onto your $39 Southwest flight.

Scientists test hijack-proof plane [This is London via The Raw Feed]

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I see no mention of anything preventing people from opening the cabin doors in-flight. This seems to be the thing we hear the most about lately on flights, some schmuck jumping out of his seat and heading straight for the door, only to be thwarted by some big guy in first class.

As a fellow big guy who likes to fly first class, they need to do us a favor and put a lock on those doors already. Sheesh!