OT European airlines are rapidly switching to having 2 people in the
cockpit at all times, as the US has done since 9/11 or maybe earlier.
But what does that mean? Sometimes there is a deadheading pilot on
board who could be the second person, each time the pilot or co-pilot
goes to the head, but often there is no such person.
Most flight attendants are stewardesses. Say she's in the cockpit with
the co-pilot. One cross (punch) by the man will knock the woman
out cold. He can tie her up or throw her back in the cabin and lock the
door like on Monday.
On the radio I heard from someone who should know that counting this
week and Egyptian Air, this is the 8th example of an intentional crash
by a commercial passenger pilot, most or all of the others before 9/11,
beforethe cockpit door was locked. I wonder, how many of them had two
people in the cockpit and how did the killer overpower the other one?
But it's nice to see Europeans imitating America.