I fly about 120 segments each year, usually up front (1st/business class), about 98% on Delta, for what it's worth. I've observed many rotations of flight deck personnel out to the lavatory, and each time, the procedure (on Delta, at least) is for an FA (flight attendant) to take her/his place on the flight deck, with the flying pilot, while the pilot who needs relief is out of the flight deck. When the pilot is ready to return, she/he swaps places with the FA.
(In the meantime, other FAs block the entrance transit between the aisle and the forward galley with a service cart, and remain quite vigilant and stern.)
It would surprise me if other airlines didn't have the same protocol.
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❝ As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.
A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.” ❞
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This brief explanatory intro is quite fun to watch, and I have also found both the full-length recording, and a 35 minutes summary of the voyage (https://youtu.be/2uXzkNYsQfM). I've started watching one of the train journeys, and I am transfixed.
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