According to the report of Wired.com portal, pilots of some U.S. airlines after September 11, 2001 gained the right to carry weapons while on duty in the cockpit. Some pilots are taught how to use weapons in those rare cases when a person tries to enter the cockpit and threatens the security of the flight. After, a group of armed pilots wanted to expand powers to pilots who have undergone appropriate training to allow them carrying weapons while flying in the back of the plane, as well as in airport terminals.
The U.S. government first presented its plan for arming pilots of commercial aircraft back in 2003. After the plan was approved, the pilots underwent training and were issued guns. The working group on transport security Administration recommended that pilots, who want to get a gun, to go through psychological and medical commission, lectures and courses of fire. The group said that the pilots have to carry guns from the airport on board the aircraft in a lock box, and they should not be given the right to own these weapons outside the aircraft.
Marcus Flagg, the president of the Association of Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDO) said to the Senate committee that airliners that fly passengers have five times as many airline pilots than air marshals. Air marshals are specially trained federal officers who fly under cover as a protection on randomly selected flights. However, Marcus Flagg said that it costs about $3,300 to pay for one flight of marshals, and these costs limit the number of marshals on board the aircraft. Flagg said the expansion of office armed pilots would contribute to a significant increase in the number of armed officers on board of aircraft.
Flagg says that the competence of pilots who have a weapon with removed fuse only within the cabin, which limits the practical benefit of the presence of armed pilots. Currently pilots are obliged to carry a gun put on guard when moving in and out of the cab, but cannot carry a weapon outside of the cabin, for example, during a visit to the toilet.
The number of pilots who have been trained and have the right to carry weapons in the cockpit has not been published. However, according to Flagg, this number is slightly less than the FBI, where, according to some data, 13,800 armed officers work.
The biggest airlines are opposed to the idea of arming pilots. According to law, airlines are not liable for damages resulting from the actions of armed pilots.
United Airlines, the second largest airline in the country, offered to give pilots guns Teyser that fire rubber bullets. It has already trained 8,500 of its pilots to use these weapons.
According to the report of Wired.com portal, pilots of some U.S. airlines after September 11, 2001 gained the right to carry weapons while on duty in the cockpit. Some pilots are taught how to use weapons in those rare cases when a person tries to enter the cockpit and threatens the security of the flight.