Top-Notch Security Nearly Foils Pilot Airlines have made their cockpit doors harder to get into. Now one has done too good a job of it. The pilot of a Canadian airliner got up to use the bathroom, leaving his first officer in charge. When the pilot tried to get back in the cockpit, the door wouldn't open. Eventually, the crew managed to remove the door from its hinges, allowing the pilot get back in and land the plane.