European airlines change flight deck rules in wake of crash

The undated picture shows an Airbus A320 of the Lufthansa airline with the aircraft registration D-AIPX and the city name 'Mannheim'. The Airbus aircraft of the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings crashed in the French Alps Tuesday March 24, 2015 on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. (AP Photo/dpa, Jan-Arwed Richter)

LONDON (AP) – Airlines around the world have started requiring two crew members to always be present in the cockpit.

This, after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane into the mountains below.

Leading European budget airlines Norwegian Air Shuttle and EasyJet, along with Air Canada, say they will now require a minimum of two crew members in the cockpit while a plane is in the air.

Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. airlines changed their policies. Whenever the cockpit door is open, flight attendants create a barrier between the cockpit and passengers. Typically, that is done with a beverage cart but some jets are outfitted with a mesh wire barricade. If a pilot leaves to use the bathroom, one of the flight attendants takes his or her seat in the cockpit.

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