2: He didn’t actually hack into the control systems of the plane.
Despite what Good Morning America
is peddling there has been NO EVIDENCE aside from hearsay that Roberts has actually “hacked" into anything more than the in-flight entertainment system. From all legitimate reports so far, this guy has accessed little more than what your cable guy has access to when he comes over to troubleshoot your parents DVR. Every entertainment system available today anywhere has some sort of developers panel to allow remote troubleshooting. Airplanes are no different, except that their system is closed and fully locked away from the technology that the pilots use (Which, btw is on triple redundancy preventing any possible Hollywoodesque situations).
Avionics expert and veteran pilot, Captain Tom Bunn summed it up in an analogy to us over email: "If I am driving my car, with my hands on the wheel, and my grandson in his booster seat in the back is playing with his iPad, even if he is playing "Grand Theft Auto," are his inputs going to wrestle the wheel out of my hand? No."