Thursday, March 19, 2009

Obama makes stealth attack on armed pilot program

After 911, pilots were allowed to have a firearm in the cockpit if they went through extensive background checks and a certification program. This program has been very successful with few problems. Major airline pilots are a very responsible group as you might guess. Now, President Obama is making a stealth attack on the armed pilot program. He is diverting the training money for certification of new pilots entering the program to hiring more personnel to harass the pilots who are currently allowed to be armed in the cockpit. According to the Washingtontimes,
Now President Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program, risking public safety on airlines in the name of an anti-gun ideology.

Since Mr. Obama's election, pilots have told us that the approval process for letting pilots carry guns on planes slowed significantly. Last week the problem went from bad to worse. Federal Flight Deck Officers - the pilots who have been approved to carry guns - indicate that the approval process has stalled out.

Pilots cannot openly speak about the changing policies for fear of retaliation from the Transportation Security Administration. Pilots who act in any way that causes a “loss of confidence” in the armed pilot program risk criminal prosecution as well as their removal from the program. Despite these threats, pilots in the Federal Flight Deck Officers program have raised real concerns in multiple interviews.

I can not imagine why the Obama Administration would make this move except as part of the overall anti-gun stance. This is the most anti-gun administration to ever occupy the White house.

Hat tip to:
Americans Against Obama

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know, as a pilot, I’m a little confused. I’ve been hearing this “gun ban” story. Yesterday, I heard “do you hear what Obama is planning” from my copilot. As he asked that question, my Colt was in my bag in the compartment above my head. (I know, I should keep it with me, but it digs into my hip when I sit down.)

This afternoon, I’m in a hotel room with my laptop. (We don’t fly out for another four hours.) I’m reading this story everywhere, but it all seems to track back to the Washington Times. That, and other blogs, are the only sources I'm finding.

In my email, there’s nothing to tell me that my gun can’t go with me. Don’t even have one of those twice-a-week emails telling me that there’s new paperwork I have to fill out.

And then I found this on Fox News.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/18/federal-officials-deny-report-pilot-gun-program-end/

I'm thinking that somebody at the Moonie Times got his wires crossed. There doesn't seem to be anything to this story.

Steel Phoenix said...

Interesting Anonymous. Sounds like someone may need to issue a retraction. Do you have an opinion on guns in the plane? I tend to figure there may be a less projectile oriented method of terrorist control to use in a passenger packed flying tube.