Thursday, January 3, 2008

Disarming Pilots in 1987 Led to Tragedy

Great article by Tracy Price. Gun free zones & Gun free pilots prevented pilots from being able to defend themselves on September 11th:

. . . airline pilots flew armed in large numbers from the dawn of commercial aviation to 1987 with no record of incident. When the federal government disarmed pilots in 1987, many pilots predicted cockpit takeover attempts — including the late Captain Victor Saracini, who, in horrible irony, was the captain of United flight 175 on September 11, 2001 when his Boeing 767 was hijacked and crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. It was the disarming of pilots in 1987 that inevitably led to the September 11 cockpit takeovers . . .

Also see related info provided by the Airline Pilots Security Alliance: see read this & also this about their current efforts to arm pilots:
  • Years since Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act Passed: 3
  • % Flights protected by a team of armed pilots: Less than 1%
  • # Pilots avoiding the program due to mismanagement: 50,000
  • Aircraft defenseless against terror attack: est. 9 out of 10.
  • Cost to protect less than 5% of flights with air marshals: $688M per year
  • Cost to protect 98% of flights with standardized armed pilot program: $29M per year

2 comments:

Jeff said...

I have a customer who is now an armed pilot. It is a great relief to know that he is up there, but as you point out we need a lot more.

Dustin said...

Very true.