Does Boeing have the ability to remotely take over control of commercial airliners?

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It is tempting to think that controlling airplanes remotely could be a solution to hijacking. Such a technology will surely happen one day with testing already in the UK and a patent awarded. But, so far, it seems to be speculation. Of course, the big Achilles heel for such a system is that there needs to be an open door for remote control - how do you stop it falling into the wrong hands?

A former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, [...] claimed that Boeing, the plane's maker, and "certain" government agencies, have the ability to remotely take over control of commercial airliners such as the missing Boeing 777. A former commercial airline pilot has claimed that the technology was associated with the loss of Germanwings Flight 9525. According to Bob Mann of [...] New York-based airline industry and consulting firm, there is no evidence that the Boeing Uninterruptible Autopilot has ever been used in a commercial airliner. Safety concerns, including the possibility that such a system could be hacked, have prevented its roll-out.

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