by Michael J. Shapiro | March 26, 2015
Following preliminary reports that Tuesday's Germanwings crash into the French Alps was caused by the intentional actions of the co-pilot, who had locked himself in the cockpit, at least four airlines have announced new rules to ensure multiple crew members are in the cockpit at all times. U.S. airlines already have similar rules in place based on FAA regulations, but as of yet there are no such European regulatory requirements. European low-cost carriers Norwegian and EasyJet were among the first to indicate they will institute rule changes. "Norwegian has been looking into changing its cockpit procedures for a while," noted the airline in a statement. "However, in light of the tragic Germanwings accident, we are speeding up the process so that two crew members always are present in the cockpit. Our passengers' and crew's safety always comes first, which is why we have decided to change our procedures, in line with U.S. regulations." Canadian carriers Air Transat and Air Canada also will implement the new rules, according to reports.