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Airlines still vulnerable as Congress roadblocks armed pilots

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posted on Sep, 12 2003 @ 01:38 PM
Why does it seem that the TSA is only interested in security measures that infringe on personal privacy and freedom, while a security measure that would give true security in the air is being roadblocked?

Maybe because thier real goal isnt increased security, but increased control over the population, and the increased right to nose into personal business?

Two years have passed since the attacks of Sept. 11, which spurred Congress to authorize pilots to carry firearms.
But as America remembers the horrific hijackings of Sept. 11, the U.S. government has impeded efforts to arm U.S. pilots, leaving civilian airlines still vulnerable to armed hijackers.

Today, fewer than 150 pilots are approved to carry guns, according to Bob Lambert, president of the Airline Pilots Security Alliance (APSA).

Though Congress approved the firearms program for pilots, it left its implementation to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Critics say the TSA is not administering the program but rather is actively opposing its implementation.

About 10,000 pilots should be carrying firearms in the cockpit by now, the APSA said during a recent press conference at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

“It almost seems like the bureaucrats in Washington want another hijacking,” an American Airlines pilot told NewsMax.

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