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Tony Stark's suits are designed to be controlled from inside. Why didn't the President just use it to fight his captors?

How can it be used as a prison to transport him? Was it remote controlled/deactivated?

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@Stephan ... you should put this as an answer and not a comment as it sums it up fairly succinctly. –  Paulster2 Oct 10 '13 at 11:00
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@Paulster2: I posted my comment as an answer. I will delete my comment now to avoid duplication. –  Stephan Oct 10 '13 at 11:26
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Another thing I've found ridiculous is that such advanced suit has no biometric identification. Anyone can just go in and wear the suit. –  user Oct 10 '13 at 19:03

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As Tony demonstrates the ability to remotely control his own suits in the movie, it's not beyond reason to assume that the same would be possible with the Iron Patriot, thus rendering it an effective if rather unconventional prison.

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Additionally, it was mentioned earlier in the movie that AIM was contracted to provide additional services and additionas to the Iron Patriot armor, which was how they could introduce the back-door needed to control it. –  Avner Shahar-Kashtan Oct 10 '13 at 11:46

It is not a mystery anymore. In Iron Man 2, we have seen the Russian physicist made such Iron Man suits which can't be operated from inside. remember how agent Rhodes got confined in that suit and he could not leave it. The villain in this movie who held the president captive is a scientist himself. As we saw, at the end of Iron Man 2, the suit was retained by the United States Govt. which Rhodes took away, it is presumable no new upgradation has been done to it (at least not shown). So the suit still remain vulnerable and as @Avner rightly commented possibly the villain got the equipment to control the suit, connected to the suit during the upgradation by AIM.

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There is a scene in Iron Man 3 when Colonel Rhodes is holding up a bunch of guys in a building somewhere when Tony calls him and asks "Your re-design, your big re-brand, that was AIM, right?" and Colonel Rhodes replies "Yeah". So if AIM did the redesign and updated the software for the suit, then chances are Killian put in a override in the suits software to prevent the wearer from being able to control it.

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