Man Hacks Into Plane’s Flight Controls Using Phone App

American VoicesOpinion ISSUE 49•15 Apr 12, 2013

To draw attention to the vulnerabilities of flight control systems, a security consultant created an app for his Android phone that lets him remotely seize control of a jetliner’s autopilot function, potentially allowing him to alter its flight path or crash the plane. What do you think?

  • “What kind of social media integration does it have? Because I wouldn’t want Facebook flooding everyone’s news feed every time I crash a plane.”

    Kent Van Zant –
    Liquor Store Clerk

  • “I’m fine with this being publicly available as long as people agree to only alter the flight path and never crash the plane.”

    Jimmy Shelton –
    Cylinder Checker

  • “Did he make one of those apps where he says it’s free but then bombards you with ads? It’s like, I’d rather just pay the 99 cents.”

    Buffy Yee –
    Systems Analyst