On Nov. 25, 2002, President Bush signed the Arming Pilots Against Terrorism Act. Yet, out of 100,000 eligible pilots, only 2,000 have volunteered to date, and I have no idea how many are armed.
The Transportation Security Administration, who is supposed to train and arm the pilots, has frightened off the volunteers by thinly-veiled threats against their airline transport pilots certificate issued by the FAA. Last year the TSA granted itself the power to revoke a pilot's certificate if it deems him to be a security threat.
Also, the application is a very detailed 13-page document. Then, there is a three-hour written psychological exam probing into the most private thoughts, feelings and emotions. Then, there is a one-hour one-on-one psychological interview. Then, they must travel (at their own expense) to remote Artesia, N.M. for one week of gun training (at their own expense).
As a concerned citizen, a WWII and commercial pilot, I am shocked! Personally, I believe most pilots to be stable, intelligent and extremely proficient. I would trust my life to 99.9 percent of them. I would trust my life to 0-percent of the bureaucrats.
Russ Krueger, Goodyear (Winter), Payson (Summer)