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(the following solution has partly been discussed with people from the security sector)
In cases of pilot suicide or a hijacking event similar to 9-11 the passengers should be technically able to override
cockpit control (decided on a democratic basis with an electronic voting system integrated into the in-seat TFT displays and valid
only if the plane isn't or can't be externally controlled/landed by FAA in such a case):
Several TFT displays (with a sufficient amount and design of added control-buttons or touchscreen-functionality and selectable display of a front-camera image for landing-support) are connected via a cabin-network to form an auxiliary cockpit.
Those passengers with a PPL ("private pilot license") or those that have proven the ability to fly and land a large (passenger) airplane in a
recommended flight simulator (that generates and transmits a pilot rating to a central FAA/DHS server if this is desired by the user) are then allowed to control the plane from their seats.
Access and voting could be secured via a personal password or PIN.
If a regrouping of seat-positions is possible in the given cabin-situation the network should allow the new pilots to use subsequent seats in a row.
advantages in case of a cockpit fire or similar cockpit malfunction:
a) improved outside protection
of one or several skyscrapers (Empire State Building ; "WTC-II")
with permanet FAA contact (e.g. via the Internet or a secured GSM network) and airdefense missiles technically limited to short-range usage (with aircraft approach analysis) that cannot harm the
b) faster evacuation
The WTC-complex redesign contest is finished
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