Two-in-the-cockpit rule under fire

Swiss, Austrian and Lufthansa abolish recommendation
Lufthansa Group airlines Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa say they are abolishing from today a rule requiring two people to be in the cockpit at all times during a flight.
The group introduced the rule as a precautionary measure following the crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320, which was flown into an Alpine mountain in March 2015, killing all 150 people on board.
Days afterwards, the European Aviation Safety Agency issued a temporary recommendation that two crew members including at least one pilot should occupy the cockpit during flight. But the agency revised this in summer 2016, giving airlines the option of abolishing the rule.
The decision by Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa follows “an extensive safety and security review”, Swiss said, which concluded that the rule “does not enhance flight safety” and even introduces additional risks, such as the fact that the rule results in more and longer openings of the cockpit door.
TTG Nordic

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