In an effort to help prevent more terrorist attacks such as those of September 11, Congressman Ron Paul introduced legislation in October of 2001 that would permit airlines to arm pilots. The proposal was later included in a larger airline security bill.
In November, Congress passed, and the president signed, the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) that took effect in December. The Department of Transportation's FAA is now seeking public comment to assist it in developing recommendations for possible future actions to implement Section 128 of the ATSA. Section 128 provides that the pilot of a passenger aircraft, operated by an air carrier in air transportation or intrastate air transportation, is authorized to carry a firearm into the cockpit if -
The FAA is asking for comments on what types of weapons and how many may be carried, how they are to be stored, and what training should be required.
You can submit your comments via the Web (anonymously if you choose) using the following instructions:
Comments must be received by the FAA on or before February 14, 2002.