The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 12, 2000-9
.NTSB calls for video cameras in cockpit
Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The National Transportation
Safety Board yesterday called for video cameras in
airline cockpits, saying that such technology would
have helped determine the causes of the recent Alas-
ka Airlines and Egypt Air crashes.
But the recommendation touched off a battle over
rivacy with pilots, who warned that cameras would
ring both Big Brother and tabloid TV into the cock-
pit. Cameras are unneeded and intrusive, they
argued, and lurid crash.video well could fall into the
hands of the media.
NTSB Chairman Jim Hall recommended that
cameras be required in all jetliners and commuter
aircraft within five years, in addition to the voice and
flight data recorders already in place.
"We should not further delay the implementation
of available technology that may help us more quick-
ly determine the probable cause of accidents and ...
prevent future accidents," Hall said at a congression-
al hearing on the Egypt Air investigation.
The NTSB recommendation would have to be
adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration as a
government regulation. The FAA, which accepts
about 80 percent of the safety board's recommenda-
tions, already has asked a technical advisory group
to study the issue.
Unlike the pilots, the airline industry already uses
cameras in some training simulators and sees them as
the wave of the future. Airline executives even have
suggested that rowdy passengers - not only crew
members - could be targets of video surveillance.
"I think we will see video in cockpits and perhaps
other parts of the aircraft as well," Bob Baker, vice
chairman of American Airlines, said at a recent safe-
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