Captain Robert M. Miller, "We believe that airline security, if it is to be effective, should not rely on just one or two security measures. In order to foil would-be terrorists, security should be multi-layered. We conceive of proper airline security as consisting of multiple 'concentric circles' of security defenses. This will insure that if one or more of the 'layers' are compromised, then other defenses are in place to avoid a catastrophic occurrence such as the events of September 11, 2001.
Should the above layers of defense be penetrated, the cabin crew and pilots form a final security perimeter. As a final defense, after all of the above defenses have failed, we advocate the ability of pilots to have access to lethal weapons in the cockpit."- The Bush administration rejects arming the cockpit. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) is apparently leading the labor camp’s cam-paign to fight a decision by the Bush administration not to allow airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit. The administration issued its ruling Tuesday, determining armed pilots will not prevent terrorist hijackings and could endanger passengers.
The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations
The battle for guns will now move to Congress which is considering legislation to allow trained pilots to carry weapons on board. “The government already has told us that if terrorists take control of one of our cockpits, they will send military aircraft to shoot down the airliner and all its crew and passengers,” said Capt. Duane Woerth, ALPA president. “In the face of such choices, we do not understand why these same government officials refuse to give pilots a last chance to prevent such a tragedy.”
Transportation Security Administration Chief John Magaw said his agency decided after months of debate that only federal air marshals who undergo rigorous firearms training should be allowed to carry guns on the plane. However, pilot unions contend air marshals are presently on a tiny percentage of the nation’s 25,000 daily commercial flights.
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