With the TSA's foot-dragging on their mandated
charge to come up with acceptable training and qualifying for
pilots to carry guns in the cockpit, both United and Mesa, seeking
some kind of security for its cockpit crews, have applied
under Section 44903(i) of Title 49, United States Code -- Authority
to Arm Flight Deck Crew with Less-than-Lethal Weapons to the U.S.
Transportation Security Administration to use advanced TASER M26s
onboard all of their aircraft to improve in-flight security. This
section of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 was passed by Congress
and signed into law by President Bush on November 25, 2002 and
requires a response from the Under Secretary of Transportation for
Security within 90 days of an air carrier's application.
recent action by both air carriers continues to show their
unwavering industry leadership in security. I applaud United
Airlines and Mesa Airlines as they lead the way toward providing a
multi-layered approach for defense of the cockpit by formally
requesting that the TSA approve a less-than-lethal weapons pilot
program for their flight deck security," commented Tom Smith,
president of TASER International, Inc. "United Airlines and Mesa
Airlines have devoted more than a year in developing, preparing and
implementing most of the required protocols for this program and
are awaiting this authorization.
is encouraging to TASER International that the ADVANCED TASER M26
continues to receive support and focus from these air carriers.
United Airlines and Mesa Airlines are confident that the
less-than-lethal weapons program that has been developed and
recommended for the ADVANCED TASER M26 will become the industry
standard," continued Mr. Smith.