Airline Pilots Cleared to Carry Guns

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Federal officials are giving 46 pilots for large airlines .40-caliber semiautomatic handguns that they will be able to carry into their cockpits. The first training class for pilots ends this weekend at the federal law enforcement training center in Glynco, Ga. “When the cockpit door is closed, you really don’t know what’s going to be on the other side,” said one pilot, reports the New York Times. Tens of thousands more airline pilots who are expected to seek federal gun permits in future years. An official of the Transportation Security Administration said, “We believe that this is going to be a very strong deterrent to anybody who might want to reach a cockpit.” Stephen Luckey, a former 747 pilot for Northwest Airlines now a safety specialist with the Air Line Pilots Association, said that “for most pilots, this is long overdue.”


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