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Preliminary tests start for non-hijackable aircraft
19 September 2006

Researchers are beginning preliminary tests on a futuristic onboard aircraft threat detection system at BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre. The Security of Aircraft in the Future European Environment (SAFEE) project is said to create a non-hijackable aircraft. The four-year EUR 35.8m project is funded by the European Commission and industrial partners including Airbus, EADS, SAGEM Défense Sécurité, Thales Avionics, NLR, and Siemens. BAE Systems is creating an Onboard Threat Detection System (OTDS) to spot erratic passenger behaviour using data from cabin video and audio sensors. Other features of the aircraft include a collision avoidance system to avoid it being steered into a building or a mountain. An onboard computer could use biometrics to identify a hijacker then guide the aircraft to the nearest airport. (The Engineer)