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Nearly 10,000 US airline pilots can carry a gun
TravelBite ^ | April 4, 2008 | Staff

Posted on 04/04/2008 8:30:10 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

Over ten per cent of airline crewmembers in the US are authorised to carry guns onboard, according to a budget document released by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The Federal Air Marshal Service runs a programme for armed pilots as a TSA agency and estimates that 85,000 to 90,000 pilots and crew are eligible to carry a gun on domestic passenger and cargo flights.

Although the exact number remains confidential the TSA has forecasted the level of eligible pilots will increase to 16.5 per cent by 2011.

The TSA reports it found 16 firearms and four concealed prohibited items at US airport checkpoints last week, as well as dealing with 17 disruptive passengers on flights.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: airmarshals; armedpilots; banglist; ffdo; pilots; tsa
I didn't know this victory had been won! It should be more prominently known to more effectively capitalize on the effect of deterrence.
1 posted on 04/04/2008 8:30:10 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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To: DaveLoneRanger

It should be more widely known. It would be a deterrent.


2 posted on 04/04/2008 8:33:16 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: DaveLoneRanger
victory won??

Over ten per cent of airline crewmembers in the US are authorised to carry guns onboard

In other words, and in reality, that means 90% of pilots are unarmed and unable to be armed.

Were I a terrorist, I would take those odds in a flash.

3 posted on 04/04/2008 8:35:00 AM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Whats the problem?..


4 posted on 04/04/2008 8:35:28 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: samtheman

A local Moonbat opined on our local station that pilots should not be armed because; what if one goes crazy, he could kill someone. I guess she missed the obvious counterpoint.


5 posted on 04/04/2008 8:36:59 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: hosepipe

NO problem!


6 posted on 04/04/2008 8:39:14 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Gun-free zones aren't. Visit ConcealedCampus.com for more)
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I wonder how this would work if you fly into an area that prohibits weapons like DC or New York. Is this some Federal CCW of sorts?

If you leave the airport ( shoot get off the plane ) are you subject to arrest for carrying. What if you live in an area that is gun prohibitive how do you get it to the airport?

I can see the confusion here leading to political arrests to challenge this rule.


7 posted on 04/04/2008 8:43:33 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Not enough. Lets go for 50,000.


8 posted on 04/04/2008 8:44:11 AM PDT by mountainlion (Concerned Conservative.)
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To: mountainlion

Im one of them


9 posted on 04/04/2008 8:46:41 AM PDT by airplaneguy
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To: massgopguy

I guess she also missed that it’d be easier to kill even more people without using the gun just by nosediving the plane...


10 posted on 04/04/2008 8:47:47 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: bill1952
Agreed more should be armed, but hurrah for _any_ of them being armed!
11 posted on 04/04/2008 8:51:20 AM PDT by veracious
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To: massgopguy

If moonbats could think straight we wouldn’t call them moonbats. :)


12 posted on 04/04/2008 9:00:58 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: airplaneguy

What do you carry?


13 posted on 04/04/2008 9:04:42 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Gun-free zones aren't. Visit ConcealedCampus.com for more)
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To: massgopguy
A local Moonbat opined on our local station that pilots should not be armed because; what if one goes crazy, he could kill someone.

Yeah: it's not like he would be in control of any other dangerous piece of machinery. What a maroon. (Let me guess: was it a caller to Tom Finneran's show or to Jim Braude's?)

14 posted on 04/04/2008 9:06:30 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Ten percent?


15 posted on 04/04/2008 9:08:51 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: massgopguy
A local Moonbat opined on our local station that pilots should not be armed because; what if one goes crazy, he could kill someone. I guess she missed the obvious counterpoint.

If a pilot "goes crazy" {United, flight 800} he can just crash the plane and kill everyone, no gun required.

16 posted on 04/04/2008 9:17:16 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

A small, but decent start.


17 posted on 04/04/2008 9:24:18 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Hussein Obama for Caliph 2008!)
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Nearly 10,000 US airline pilots can carry a gun

Here is a picture of the gun in question:

Scheduling for pilots to carry this pistol will begin in Summer, 2009.

18 posted on 04/04/2008 9:28:21 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Resolute Conservative
"I wonder how this would work if you fly into an area that prohibits weapons like DC or New York."

I think you could argue that the airport is a federal reservation in those cases. But wasn't there also an issue with the Euros over this?

19 posted on 04/04/2008 9:42:46 AM PDT by BitBucket
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To: DaveLoneRanger

That’s good. The creeps don’t know if they’re on a plane where the pilot has a gun. Just like they don’t know which house is inhabited by a person with a gun.


20 posted on 04/04/2008 10:02:46 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: DaveLoneRanger

10,000!

Very nice.


21 posted on 04/04/2008 10:26:34 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Arming pilots was legalized in 2003 (first repeal of a federal gun control law in history).

By 2005 we had 4,500 pilots armed: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7178784/

And by 2008 we’ve got 10,000 pilots armed, per the article for this thread.

This is most certainly moving in the right direction.

Of course, the humorous part will be watching the permanent haters on the Right and on the Left complaining about exactly this progress!

Just watch!


22 posted on 04/04/2008 10:33:54 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged

And at 30,000 feet...there’s nowhere to run from a pilot with a gun. >:-]


23 posted on 04/05/2008 6:14:54 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (Gun-free zones aren't. Visit ConcealedCampus.com for more)
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To: BitBucket

A Federal license allows carry in any State, and cannot be trumped by local ordinance.


24 posted on 04/19/2008 6:37:00 PM PDT by AmericanDave (Terrorism....... it's a growth industry.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Nearly 10,000 US airline pilots can carry a gun.

And nearly 9,999 can do it without shooting a hole in the cockpit.

25 posted on 04/19/2008 6:39:16 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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