United Airlines pilots soon may get stun guns to defend cockpit against intruders after federal officials determined that the devices “can play an important role in aviation security,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
United is the only major carrier to request approval for stun guns. “We’ve gone through James Bond’s toolbox in looking at nonlethal devices,” said Transportation Security Agency spokesman Brian Turmail. “We’ve looked at devices that shoot beanbags and nets, and some that disperse chemicals. We’ve decided that … stun guns are the only ones that have the ability to contribute.” He said the TSA would consider allowing flight attendants to use stun guns. The devices use an electric current to temporarily incapacitate an assailant.
The only other airline to apply for permission is Phoenix-based Mesa Air, a regional carrier.