JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND A ›› 2015, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (6): 39-45.DOI: 10.13766/j.bhsk.1008-2204.2015.0444

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Study on Power of Aircraft Commander in Civil Air Transportation: Simultaneously Discuss the Relationship of Aircraft Commander and In-flight Security Officer

Zhu Ziqin, Bi Fengmin   

  1. Institute of Air and Space Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing 100088, China
  • Received:2015-09-16 Online:2015-11-25 Published:2015-12-02


To deal with the increasingly serious safety situation of civil air transportation, Montreal Protocol, 2014 amending Tokyo Convention, 1963 was passed in 2014, which redefined the power of aircraft commander and legal status of in-flight security officer. Through the analysis of Tokyo Convention, 1963 and Montreal Protocol, 2014, the paper holds that the responsibilities of aircraft commander and in-flight security officer are different, though their relationship involves both mutual cooperation and relative independence. Even though China has certain legal provisions on the power of aircraft commander, legal status of in-flight security officer and air marshal, their legal hierarchy is relatively low and there exists also an issue of power conflict. Therefore, it is necessary to improve the relevant legislations in China to better guarantee the safety of civil aviation transportation.

Key words: Tokyo Convention, Montreal Protocol, civil aviation transport, unlawful offences, powers of aircraft commander, in-flight security officer

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