Are pilots wearing masks inside the cockpit when they fly during the coronavirus pandemic?

– Keagan, Canada

I have seen some cargo pilots wear full hazmat suits with masks if they were flying to areas where the virus threat is high. Otherwise, the pilots I have spoken with are not wearing masks. 

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What were cockpit security measures when you started flying and what are they like now?

– Richard Manly, Altadena, California

A lot has changed since I started flying 50 years ago.  When I started with Piedmont Airlines in 1980, we locked the flight deck door. Now, the doors are much stronger and the locking mechanism is better.  We did some passenger screening, but nothing like today. 

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