Friday, August 08, 2003

Rights and Reason: Critics Blast Delays in Arming Pilots

Leslie Miller of the AP reports that the Transportation Security Administration program to arm airline pilots is under fire for inordinate delays.

Fewer than 100 pilots have been trained to carry guns in the cockpit in the eight months since Congress approved the idea, and hundreds more are waiting, but pilots and members of Congress say the program is not moving fast enough.

Pilots say it's more important than ever to get weapons in the cockpit because the Transportation Security Administration froze hiring in the air marshal program in May and the government is warning al-Qaida may try more suicide hijackings.

"Between the air marshals and the federal flight deck officer force, we should cover a vast majority of the domestic flights," said Capt. Bob Lambert, president of the Airline Pilots' Security Alliance. "It just seems like we haven't learned very much from Sept. 11."
There should be minimal hassle to carry a firearm in order to defend your life and the lives of your passengers and crew. Remind me—are we living under a Republican administration?

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