QUOTE(rjb4000 @ Feb 6 2005, 09:15 AM)
because they are employees of the airlines
Thats correct. With Swiss/Swissair the cockpit crew is not even allowd to bring relativs to the cockpit during flt. Imagine, not even the own wife! And if your employee of the carrier, on top of that you have to have a CMC (Crew Member Certificate) Its sad compaired to the old times when the cockpit door was open during the whole flt and everyone who asked was allowed to have a glimp over the fltcrews shoulder.
How a few people can change the whole situation. The Cockpit doors are today locked with 3 bolts and surveilled with several cameras.
A lot of airlines or tech services offers tours to the public, where you can see the cockpit from inside. But of course it is not the same with 'power off'