Plane Flying

As one who flies at least 150,000 every year, I was happy when I read this! An FAA advisory committee is scheduled to meet later this month amid rising concern over vulnerability to computer hackers. Regulators and industry officials have begun developing comprehensive cybersecurity protections for aircraft, seeking to cover everything from the largest commercial jetliners to small private planes.

A high-level advisory committee set up by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration—including representatives of plane makers, pilots and parts suppliers from around the globe—was scheduled to meet for the first time this month amid rising concern over potential industry vulnerability to computer hackers. The panel’s meetings are private.

On June 21, operations were disrupted at Warsaw Chopin Airport by what LOT Polish Airlines said was a cyberattack on flight-planning computers. Ten LOT flights were canceled and some 15 others were grounded for several hours, affecting roughly 1,400 passengers. Though airline officials said safety was never affected, LOT’s chief executive was quoted saying that such a cyberattack “can happen to anyone, anytime.”