Always though this was a dumb idea.

Pilot’s gun fires on US Airways domestic flight; no injuries reported

When the law first passed, I said that each pilot has to train with a ‘hostage’ that was a small ‘dummy’ of a child or something being held by the terrorist. The pilot first had to shoot the hostage, then shoot the terrorist before they would get permission to have a gun on a plane.

Basically, having pilots that are armed (and preoccupied with flying) ensures that there is at least one firearm on the plane that can be obtained by a bad guy, either by slowing killing all the passengers to taunt the pilots or overpowering the crew. Most pilots I’ve talked to have said ‘we don’t need a gun–we’ll just put the plane in a dive and you’ll see the terrorists on the ceiling pretty battered and bruised.”


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