Skip to comments.Obama administration's plan to cut back pilot firearm training raises security concerns
Posted on 03/23/2012 5:21:43 PM PDT by Nachum
Pilots packing heat may soon be a relic of the 9/11 aftermath, as the White House seeks to cut the $25 million budget in half for the federal flight deck officers training program known as the FFDO.
The Obama administration has had an institutional hostility towards the concept of arming pilots, and especially the FFDO program, since the beginning, Lt. Col. Al Aitken, a retired Marine and now with the Airline Security Consulting Group, claimed at a panel hosted by the conservative Heritage Foundation on Friday.
The panel brought together advocates for the voluntary program that trains pilots, co-pilots and navigators to handle and carry handguns, including Minnesota Republican Rep. Chip Craavack. He said the program was cost effective in fact, it was cheaper to arm a pilot than check a single suitcase.
According to the estimates by the Airlines Pilots Association, FFDOs only cost $15 per flight segment. Let me say that again: To protect an aircraft and possibly the potential of thousands of people, the FFDO costs $15 per flight.
Capt. Tracy W. Price, a commercial airline pilot, warned that history might repeat itself -- he recalled that pilots carried handguns in the 80s and 90s, but the program was shuttered the summer before 9/11.
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Goober in the White House has not found something that he cannot hose up.
It's a worthless Grandma-groping exercise, where the Muslims are waved through for "politically-correct" purposes.
The majority of the TSA Agents are "Holder's People"......never mind.....
15 times 4 = 60 lot cheaper than two wars at about a trillion bucks
Calling him Goober is going to get me a visit.
Basic firearm safety should be required for every pilot, co-pilot, and stewards. If for no other reason than securing a firearm taken from either a passenger, left behind by accident or taken from a terrorist.
A 100 million dollar airplane,and 300 passengers to be responsible for and yet the pilot is not trustworthy enough to possess a hand gun. What can I say? However those really trustworthy IRS guys..they’re OK!
Obama could NOT be that stupid but Americans can be.
Name one thing, just one that Obama has done to improve the situation.
Obama stops oil production at every chance he gets
Obama leads the way to racial strife
Obama encourages financial insanity of mortgages for those who can't pay
Obama used the US Military to illegally attack a government for the purpose of setting up radical Muslims and Sharia law (Libya)
Obama used all of his influence to set up Egypt for overthrow and then the takeover by the radical Muslim Brotherhood.
Obama has done everything he can to hurt America, and you think it's because he's a stupid guber.
Could it be Americans are gubers and our first Muslim President is laughing at just how stupid Americans really are?
Does the name Hussein give you a sufficient hint or will you have to wait for the Muslim traitor to declare Martial first?
You omitted one......
Obama is the personal subversive plant put in place in the white hut by The House of Saud and the Wahabs, and as such, none of these otherwise stupid things he’s doing are by accident or from ignorance. They are part of a PLAN....and it appears to be working.
Obama has had a hostility towards arming just about anyone except Mexican drug cartels and Palestinians.
Exactly but when I tell people the obvious, that Obama is a Muslim Plant, then they stop thinking and utter something stupid like CONSPIRACY THEORY.
Americans are the biggest fools in history.
I would add to the list: black thugs & asshat lib’s.
Right. And taking your reply as a springboard, I dislike Willard, and will have to hold my nose very tightly, if I am only left with him as the “R” candidate. It may be that Romney’s accusing Zero of being stupid and inept will not turn of uncommitted voters as quickly as if he called Zero what we all know him to be; a muslim plant. Some people can’t handle anything shocking.
Even the Bush administration wasn’t too keen on the program. They put a lot of obstacles in the way of pilots wanting to qualify, and they made the rules so restrictive as to be stupid and counterproductive. Plus some were downright dangerous and violations of safe firearms handling.
But nothing like The Won. So much for His attempts to assure us that he is not hostile to arms rights. He’s hostile for anyone he doesn’t control directly having arms. Anyone.
bush and Obama are the same. I see no difference whatsoever between them.
He was Probably afraid that someone would get shot on an airplane .. like a muslim terrorist
Both for NWO
Both for amnesty for illegals
Both fiscal socialists and keynsians.
Both owned by goldman Sachs
Both for the patriot act and police state
Both bailed out the wall street mafia
Both beholden to. The house of SAUD
Both devaluing the dollar
What a joke this administration has become. If the traveling public had any idea of how few flights will be covered after the elimination of the FFDO program, they’d descend on the local airports with pitchforks in hand.
FFDOs do this all without compensation, commonly traveling halfway across the country to initial or recurrent training. And for practice on their own, it was not uncommon to spend from $500 to $1000 per year on ammo and range fees.