WOODBURY - A German security consultant and pilot says that he has developed a smartphone app that could allow users to hack into an airplane's controls mid-flight.
Hugo Teso says that through his app, called PlaneSploit, he was able to take control of some plane operations on a flight simulator.
Teso showed off his app at a security summit in the Netherlands this week, demonstrating his ability to change the speed and altitude of a virtual airplane by sending signals to its flight management system.
Commuters at MacArthur Airport were stunned by his creation.
"With technology expanding at such a rapid pace, one never knows," says William Scatolini, of Springfield, Mass. "You would hope that counter-intelligence is working at the feverish pace to thwart malicious attacks."