Cockpit Doors

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The government is ordering foreign airline pilots to keep their cockpit doors locked while flying within US airspace.

The order is an emergency amendment to a security directive, and it follows a passenger complaint that the cockpit door on an overseas flight to the US had been left open.

A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration says the regulation is to keep unauthorized individuals from entering the cockpit.

Federal regulations require US carriers to lock their cockpit doors while the plane is in the air to prevent hijackers from entering the flight deck.