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UKDEB
06-21-2003, 04:37 AM
More from the June <i>i-Fly</i> newsletter:

All Virgin Atlantic planes are now fitted with reinforced cockpit doors, meeting Phase Two guidelines of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This installation follows on from security enhancements made in 2001, when Virgin Atlantic was also the first European airline to retrofit its entire fleet with fire resistant armour plating and a steel and aluminium deadlock security bar.

The reinforced doors enhance the protection given to the flight deck crew, while taking into account the threat of depressurisation in the case of emergency access. They are able to withstand ballistic assault and meet strict entry and escape requirements, with electronic locks and keypad entry codes. The doors were designed and developed in close consultation with our staff, particularly our pilots, and the British Association of Air Line Pilots. To meet the regulations, we worked closely with the FAA and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The installation of reinforced doors across the fleet represents another important milestone in our ongoing programme of security enhancements. Virgin Atlantic played a key role in determining the specification for cockpit door video surveillance systems. We aim to fit these new systems onboard all our planes well ahead of the November 2003 deadline. The CCTV system consists of black and white displays with integrated video computer, infra-red video cameras and systems controllers that will provide real-time video monitoring.

On the ground, we’ve introduced a range of initiatives to enhance the screening of passengers and baggage prior to takeoff, including additional secondary pre-screening procedures of passengers and baggage prior to check in.

The safety of our passengers and staff is our highest priority and we will continue to work with the aviation industry to enhance security measures.

richard3330
06-21-2003, 05:24 AM
It's nice to know we're travelling safely.

Thanks for this. :)

Richard. :)

Beth__WDW23/6/02
06-21-2003, 05:43 AM
That is good news.
For a panicky flyer like myself,it makes me feel 100% better when i hear or read things like this :)

Beth