21 September 2004 - Los Angeles Times
John Mays thinks
the current administration is crazy for not spending more taxpayer
money for more air marshals. Already spending $600 million/year
to cover 5% of flights, Homeland Security would have to spend billions
to cover 100%. I think Mr. Mays displays craziness for thinking
that this would be the most effective measure.
already a way for every single flight to be protected by armed guards.
How many flights do you think would be successfully hijacked if
the pilots were armed? Pilots, many of whom have military backgrounds,
have been begging to be allowed to carry guns in the cockpit. Congress
passed legislation in 2002 requiring airlines and the TSA to allow
it, but the TSA has mired the process in pointless bureaucracy.
lack government spending is not the problem – it’s lack of trust
in our pilots by government bureaucrats.