The woman was identified as a student taking a flight attendant course at the Guilin Tourism University, according to the state-run People’s Daily. It is unclear whether she is personally connected to the pilot.
This is not the first time that pilots have violated air safety rules in China by inviting guests into the cockpit mid-flight.
In 2018, a pilot received a six-month suspension after he was found to have invited his wife into the cockpit three times during a Donghai Airlines flight, People’s Daily reported
Airlines around the world have strengthened security measures
relating to cockpit entrance following the 9/11 attacks. Peter Goelz, former managing director of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, told CNN in 2015
that automatic locks on cockpit doors have been installed on planes in the United States to prevent intruders from gaining access to flight control systems.
Regulations issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also ban pilots from using smartphones for personal use – including taking pictures – when the plane is in the air, unless they have gotten permission in advance.