Wolf Blitzer on CNN asked a great question. I’ll paraphrase: “Why don’t aircraft have cameras in the cockpit and in the passenger compartment?”

Here we go again. Another aircraft just crashed. Nobody knows why. This time, though the black box was recovered. Yet, there remain all kinds of crazy questions and as many crazy conspiracy theories. Black boxes help to rule out mechanical failure and some human failure. In this most recent instance, the black box presents enough information to indicate murder. It is said that one of the pilots was outside the cockpit trying to get in. Assuming that is true, was he the good guy or the bad guy? Why was he outside the cockpit? What was going on inside the cockpit? It is said the pilot in the cockpit was breathing evenly? They could “hear” that from the recovered black box. Was he sleeping after only a few minutes flight? Was he drugged or somehow sedated? Was he just doing yoga, or something to relax?

We don’t really know because we don’t have a visual. Why not? Blitzer asks a provocative question and I hope CNN and other news agencies pursue, even haunt, administrators until they stop picking fuzz from their own navels and look up long enough to see if they can answer Blitzer’s question.

So, back to Blitzer’s question. Why don’t we have cameras everywhere in an aircraft, especially after so many planes have been driven into the ground, into tall buildings, into mountains, into oceans…?  The technology exists. The NEED exists. The capability exists. The timing is critical. So, who in the administration is sitting around picking fuzz from their navels instead of writing orders and regulations to force aircraft to adopt internal electronic surveillance, 24/7?

There is so much unwanted, undesirable, surreptitious surveillance going on in society by the authorities already, but not the aviation authorities. That simply makes no sense whatsoever. If any surveillance is absolutely needed it is that which ought to be happening inside aircraft passenger compartments and especially cockpits.

There should be no reason for ground personnel to be blind to what is going on inside passenger compartments and cockpits of any aircraft in the sky. It’s time regulators look in on the safety and comfort of passengers and crew and adapt today’s electronic surveillance technology to monitor passengers and crew.