Anti-hijack software in development

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European businesses and researchers are working on software that would make it possible to remotely regain control of an aircraft overrun by hijackers.

The system "which could only be controlled from the ground would conduct the aircraft posing a problem to the nearest airport whether it liked it or not. A hijacker would have no chance of reaching his goal," according to extracts from Der Spiegel.

Apparently it would be designed in such a way that even a computer hacker on board could not get around it.

Manufacturers include Airbus, Siemens, and the Technical University of Munich.

It’s an incredibly worthwhile and highly topical project, and one that must face a mountain of technical challenges. First results of the €36m project should be presented in Britain in October.


Andy Merrett
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