Red Tape Keeps Air Unsafe



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)

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