Security tightened at Malaysian airports
Flight security in the air and on the ground has been tightened at Malaysian airports with strict instructions on how many should be in the cockpit
Kuala Lumpur: Flight security in the air and on the ground has been tightened at Malaysian airports with strict instructions on how many should be in the cockpit, in the wake of the crash of flight MH370.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) have said the pilot and a co-pilot are now not allowed to be left alone in the cockpit, even when one of them is taking a toilet break.
Under the new rules, a cabin crew member has to be in the cockpit until the pilot or co-pilot returns from the restroom.
When bringing food to the cockpit, a flight attendant is required to stand guard at the door to make sure no passenger enters the restricted area.
On the ground, MAHB has made it mandatory for anyone
taking an international flight to pass through two metal-detectors and undergo a body search before they board.
The travellers must now also remove their shoes, belt, jackets and any electronic devices such as cellphones and laptop computers for separate scanning.
Bottled drinking water is not allowed to be brought aboard.
No time limit for plane search, says Aus PM Abbott
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today said here that the search operation for the crashed Malaysian airliner will be running for quite some time with “no time limit” as the hunt for the plane enters its 23rd day.
Abbott arrived at Perth’s Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Pearce this morning, even as the search continues to find the lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Speaking here Abbott said “We can keep searching for quite some time to come and we will keep searching for quite some time come. I’m certainly not putting a time limit on it”.
Appreciating the contribution of those who were involved in the search operation, Abbott said the “best brains in the world” are on the task but until any wreckage was found, authorities will have to keep relying on “guesstimates”.
“All of the technological mastery that we have is being applied. So if this mystery is solvable, we will solve it,” he said, adding “But I don’t want to underestimate just how difficult it is”. it was “tremendous” to see such international cooperation.
“We have regular military cooperation with the United States, with New Zealand and with Malaysia, but to see also the cooperation with us from China, from Japan and from Korea is really heartening,” he said.
“It demonstrates that in a humanitarian cause, the nations of this region can come together to work for the betterment of humanity, can work to try to resolve this extraordinary mystery, can work to try to bring peace and closure to the families of the 239 people on board that ill-fated aircraft.