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4: Automatic guidance

Automatic guidance systems to fly and land the plane in case of attack have been suggested.

In poor weather, similar systems already exist to land the plane automatically at some of the larger, international airports - classed as Category 3 airports.

Unmanned spy planes already exist and can be flown from a remote control centre.

But a largescale, international commercial network would take years to develop and cost billions. There are also fears that hackers could take over the system and control the plane without ever boarding it.

Industry experts doubt whether such a system could ever be developed.

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