Pilots Now Armed On Commercial Flights | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.08.16

Airborne 02.09.16

Airborne 02.10.16

Airborne 02.04.16

Airborne 02.05.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 02.08.16

Airborne 02.09.16

Airborne 02.10.16

Airborne 02.04.16

Airborne 02.05.16

Mon, Apr 21, 2003

Pilots Now Armed On Commercial Flights

First 44 Graduate Firearms/Combat Training

You'll probably never know it, but the next time you step onto a commercial flight, the guy driving may be packing heat. Saturday, the first 44 commercial pilots graduated from a special training academy in Glynco (GA), versed in the use of guns in the cockpit.

"I need to defend myself and my aircraft," a female pilot told the Associated Press during a break from practicing how to disarm a terrorist in close quarters. No one taking the course is allowed to give reporters their names or airline affiliations.

Capt. Fred Bates, an American Airlines pilot, member of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) and a driving force behind getting guns into cockpits, said eventually, about 30,000 pilots - one in three - could be armed inflight.

Still Controversial

Some pilots hate the idea of the additional responsibility for a firearm inflight. Some see it as more of a public relations move than an actual safety enhancement. Still others aren't thrilled about the idea of carrying their .40 caliber pistols and ammo in a locked box, which can only be opened in the cockpit.

But a poll last year shows 70-percent of flight crew members asked favor the idea - especially when they consider their aircraft and passengers could be targeted by terrorists for another round of September 11th style attacks.

FMI: www.alliedpilots.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 02.10.16: Antonov Kaput, Landmark Deal, Gone West-Edgar Mitchell

Also: Rig’N Fly, 'Krafting' The Future, North Korean Insanity, 1st Trans-Atlantic F-35, Llandudno Air Show, GPS IIF, East Hampton Noise Fight It looks like another great avia>[...]

Airborne 02.10.16: Antonov Kaput, Landmark Deal, Gone West-Edgar Mitchell

Also: Rig’N Fly, 'Krafting' The Future, North Korean Insanity, 1st Trans-Atlantic F-35, Llandudno Air Show, GPS IIF, East Hampton Noise Fight It looks like another great avia>[...]

Airborne 02.09.16: Garmin ADS-B TXP, LEO Helo v UAV, CA Mid-Air

Also: Blue Origin, Aero-Calendar, FA Legislation, F-35C Update, Delta Succession, First SLS Flight, PWC History Garmin has a game changer going as they announced their new GTX 345 >[...]

AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2016-03-04 PRODUCT: All Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-535E4-37, RB211-535E4-B-37, and RB211-535E4-C-37 turbofan engines.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.11.16)

Space Telescope Science Institute Welcome to the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) -- home of science program selection, grant administration, planning, scheduling, and pub>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC