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Security refers to protecting aircraft, passengers and crew from deliberate attacks or sabotage

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Do planes have keys?

One thing I've always wondered is: do airplanes have keys that you put in the ignition to start? And on the outside doors? Otherwise how are they secured and started? I'm interested to know about a ...
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Why don't airliners carry radar jamming technology or missile counter measures?

Why is it that commercial passenger aircraft that fly through dangerous areas don't carry some sort of electronic counter measure to defend themselves from missiles? Between terrorism and the various ...
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How does security and baggage checking work in regards to a private jet?

I was told recently that if you are flying on your own private jet, you can drive your car directly on to the runway, park next to your plane and board without any security checks. This can't be true ...
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What stops planes from being stolen?

Related question: do planes have keys? Let's say I happen to spot a fine-looking plane at my local airport and decide the owner probably wouldn't mind if I borrowed her for a little while - what ...
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How do civilian pilots and ATC verify that other people on the radio are who they claim to be?

I am interested in authentication - how identity is verified - in civilian aviation radio transmissions. I know that when someone is speaking on the radio he tells his call sign. But is there any ...
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Can a fighter jet be stolen?

What (if any) sort of pilot authentication systems do fighter jets have? Could anyone with the required skills simply take the aircraft or is a key or authorization code required?
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Can a Boeing 777 be hacked?

All this confusion over flight 370 has me wondering if it would be possible to hack into an airplane and control the autopilot or other on-board systems in a way that the pilots couldn't regain ...
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Is it allowed to mount fake missiles on a civilian aircraft?

In this answer to a question asking to identify an aircraft, we can see a picture of a Aero L-39 Albatros with some missiles hanging from the wings: (flickr.com) N915WE. Supposedly, this is a ...
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What are the details of opening a cockpit door from the outside?

Can one pilot lock the other out of the cockpit? It is mentioned in the answer to the question I linked that a person inside the cockpit can stop a person outside from opening the door by "canceling ...
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Can flight data recorders be hacked?

In the event of a plane crash such as MH17, and the flight data recorders (FDR, a.k.a. "black boxes") are potentially in the "wrong hands", is it theoretically possible to: open the FDR and close it ...
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How does aviation deal with satellite and Moon laser ranging, and other scientific lasers in the sky?

It seems there are many scientific laser ranging stations around the globe and some are mobile. Scientists Bounce Laser Off Soviet Lunar Rover Lost On Moon Decades Ago. Source Questions How ...
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Is a new type of TSA pre-approval required before commencing flight training?

A friend of mine owns a flight school in the states. A Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) has informed his staff that a new TSA regulation will require all new prospective flight students to meet with a ...
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Are GA airports typically accessible 24/7?

Is access to GA airports 24/7? I always thought it was. Every airport I've visited had gate-codes to open gates after hours. But I recently started planning a flight to Salina, KS (KSLN), and the ...
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Would a random passenger be allowed to fix a problem with a commercial aircraft?

I just read an article about a man (who is alledgedly an airplane mechanic) who was a passenger on an airplane that had some mechanical issues. Because there were no 'local' mechanics around, he ...
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What are the security measures preventing someone from chartering a 747 and using it to commit a terrorist attack?

While most travelers are well familiar with the security measures imposed by conventional airlines, it is unclear how they apply to private aircraft. Is it possible for a private individual to ...
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Can a few random interaction with cockpit controls result in a crash?

Lets say a monkey / snake interacts with 3 random controls inside the cockpit within less than 3 seconds until the PIC / SIC can take control of the aircraft again. Could such interactions result in a ...
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Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming?

Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming? By "civilian aircraft," I mean planes that were not equipped with flares that fire when rockets approach or any similar anti-missile systems. If ...
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Are pilots armed?

Are pilots armed to defend themselves in event of a terrorist attack? It seems that in view of terrorist attacks and hijackings since 9/11 they would be.
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How are avionics updates delivered?

I'm idly curious to know what type of physical storage medium (e.g. is it a "mini-CD", USB key, a little hard drive, maybe a tape) is used for delivering avionics updates, for an as-recent-as-possible ...
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Can a bullet hit make the cockpit door open?

If there is a hijack situation and the terrorist guy shoots at the cockpit door to go inside, will that work? Are the cockpit door locks in commercial planes like 737s etc good enough to handle a ...
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How do people smuggle stuff with private airplanes? [closed]

I get it, the question seems as if I'm reaching out for answers from experienced smugglers! But no. As a matter of fact, I'm trying to get answers on air surveillance & security. Love it or hate ...
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What precautions prevent 'insiders' from stealing a large aircraft, as in the Horizon Air Q400 incident?

For those who haven't heard it yet, a ground worker stole a Q400 at SeaTac this week, performing an unauthorized takeoff and going for a joyride before eventually crashing into an island. The plane ...
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Is ATC connected to the Internet & why?

I've just read an article from SkyNews just here where they said it's expected that one day air traffic control will be the target of cyber attacks. So my question is "Is ATC connected to the ...
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Why offload bags for missing passengers when flights are allowed to carry unaccompanied non-PAX air-cargo in holds?

Several times, my flight has been delayed when passengers don't make it to the gate in time and then (after a long wait) the baggage-handlers have to go into the holds and manually find the bags to ...
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Why shoot down a passenger plane without knowing it will crash? [closed]

Flights threatened by a passenger and flights with lost coms and even flights in technical difficulty without criminal intent and not posing a security threat are sometimes intercepted and escorted by ...
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Are two people required in cockpit at all times on large commercial aircraft?

It would seem reasonable on large commercial airlines to require that there be two people in the cockpit at all times. For example when the pilot goes to the toilet a member of the cabin crew must ...
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Are US pilots permitted to carry & use their firearm in countries where guns are illegal?

On the question of Are pilots armed?, one thing this made me think is: for the few that are armed, are they allowed to bring their weapon into, for example, the UK? What is the procedure? Does the ...
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How can ADS-B be secure when it is based on self-reporting?

By all reports, ADS-B is the future of air navigation and ATC. In the simplest definition, ADS-B is aircraft self-reporting GPS position to benefit everyone. How is this secure? Seems like someone ...
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What prevents a passenger from hijacking a private jet?

I was reading another question on this site when I saw this answer. As you can see in the photo I copied below, this private jet has no cockpit door. On commercial aircraft the bullet-proof cockpit ...
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What security regulations apply to US private airstrips?

What kind of security regulations govern the 15,000 private airstrips in the U.S.? Do they fall under TSA jurisdiction? I'm a freelance writer working on a story and wondering how senior Al Qaeda ...
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What effect would an air-to-air GPS jamming system have?

I just noticed an interesting AIC: NOTIFICATION OF GPS JAMMING EXERCISE – HEBRIDES RANGES DURING PERIOD 21 JULY - 1 AUGUST 2014. PDF available on Eurocontrol (official) or Scribd (mirror). The ...
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Can a GPS signal sent to a plane be spoofed?

Related to What effect would an air-to-air GPS jamming system have?, I'm wondering whether it is possible for a terrorist (or likewise, law enforcement) to manipulate GPS signals received by a jet, re-...