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1. An aircraft, comprising the improvement of:
- a cockpit of the aircraft that can be made inaccessible from a cabin of the aircraft;
- an incapacitation switch located in the cockpit of the aircraft;
- a ventilation system for the aircraft, the ventilation system to circulate air through the cabin of the aircraft and through the cockpit of the aircraft, the ventilation system including an incapacitation device designed to release an incapacitating aerosol into the ventilation system responsive to the incapacitation switch; and
- a fixed respiration system located in the cockpit of the aircraft, the fixed respiration system providing breathable air to a crew of the aircraft in the cockpit of the aircraft.
2. An aircraft according to claim 1, wherein the fixed respiration system is designed to filter the incapacitating aerosol from the circulating air.
3. An aircraft according to claim 2, wherein the fixed respiration system includes:
- a mask that can be pulled over a person's head; and
- a filter within the respirator designed to filter out the incapacitating aerosol from the circulating air, leaving only the breathable air for the person to breathe.
4. An aircraft according to claim 3, wherein the filter is replaceable.
5. An aircraft according to claim 3, wherein the fixed respiration system further includes a permanent tether connecting the mask and filter to the cockpit in such a way that the mask and filter cannot be removed from the cockpit.
6. An aircraft according to claim 1, wherein the fixed respiration system is designed to provide breathable air from a second ventilation system not circulating the incapacitating aerosol.
7. An aircraft according to claim 6, wherein the fixed respiration system includes:
- a mask that can be pulled over a person's head;
- a respirator in the mask designed to deliver the breathable air to the person; and
- a hose, the hose having a first end and a second end, the first end of the hose connected to the respirator, the hose providing breathable air to the person, the second end of the hose connected to a mounting point in the cockpit, the mounting point providing the breathable air from the second ventilation system.
8. A method for responding to a threat to an aircraft, comprising:
- securing a cockpit of the aircraft, so that the cockpit of the aircraft cannot be accessed from a cabin in the aircraft;
- releasing an incapacitating aerosol into a ventilation system of the aircraft, so as to incapacitate the, threat to the aircraft; and
- wearing a fixed respiration system by a crew of the aircraft while flying the aircraft after releasing the incapacitating aerosol into the ventilation system.
9. A method according to claim 8, wherein wearing a fixed respiration system includes breathing air provided by a second ventilation system of the aircraft, the second ventilation system designed so that it does not circulate air circulated by the ventilation system.
10. A method according to claim 8, wherein wearing a fixed respiration system includes filtering the incapacitating aerosol by the fixed respiration system.