Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, announced on Monday, March 30, the changes in security measures for Australian airlines.
The move requires Australian airlines to update their existing Standard Operating Procedures by requiring two members of the plane crew inside the flight deck at all times.
“These arrangements will apply at all times, to all regular passenger transport services where the aircraft has seating capacity for 50 passengers and above,” said Truss in a media release.
The commanding officer will retain discretionary powers in the application of the two-crew requirement, depending on each flight circumstance.
“This is to ensure that existing safety and security standards in the passenger cabin continue to be maintained. These arrangements will take effect immediately and will be formally reviewed after 12 months to determine their effectiveness.”
Reviews of the existing medical requirements for flight crew members are currently being held by Australian airlines, flight crew associations and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. This is in relation to the plane crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525 on March 24, when it descended into Digne-les-Bains in the Alpes de Haute-Provence region of France.
Investigations seem to show signs that the pilot deliberately crashed the plane when his co-officer was locked out of the cockpit.