United Airlines cockpit door access codes accidentally posted online
United Continental Holdings Inc, the company that owns United Airlines and United Express, sent out an alert email to employees on Saturday about a breach in cockpit-door security procedures after a flight attendant mistakenly posted some information (including access codes) on a public website, Wall Street Journal reported.
On some commercial aircraft, there is a keypad next to the flight deck door that allows entering the unlock code, but simply entering the code doesn’t unlock the door, the pilots are notified about someone is requesting access to the flight deck. They then allow or deny the request.
“The emailed alert reminded employees that ‘the risk of a breach of the flight deck door is strongly mitigated by carefully following the flight deck security procedures,’ adding, ‘remember this information is sensitive security information and sharing this with anyone not authorized or who does not have a need to know is strictly prohibited.'”, CBS News reported.
According to WSJ, The Air Line Pilots Association, a union that represents 55,000 pilots in the U.S. and Canada, said that the problem was resolved.
The FAA has been notified and United also explained that the reason behind the public release of information was not a hack or data breach, it was human mistake.
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