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New doors for cockpits ordered in U.S. airliners

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. airlines were ordered Friday to install new cockpit doors to prevent intrusion and resist certain gunfire and explosives on more than 6,000 commercial aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration action went beyond temporary steps already taken by big carriers to secure the cockpit after the Sept. 11 hijack attacks.

The temporary measures included the installation of bars and deadbolts to reinforce the doors and steps to limit general access to the flight deck.

The suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks apparently made their way into the cockpits of four airliners and took over the controls. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center and one slammed into the Pentagon. A fourth crashed in Pennsylvania.