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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Flight_Deck_Officer

The Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program is run by the Federal Air Marshal Service with the aim of training volunteer pilots of commercial airline flights to carry firearms for the purpose of defending the flight deck against criminal activity. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Arming Pilots Against Terrorism  ...

abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=125224

Pilots Now Ready to Carry Guns in Cockpit. ... The first class of commercial airline pilots trained to carry guns into the cockpit of planes could be armed while flying as early as Sunday. The somewhat ... Those who pass the course will be sworn in as federal flight deck officers under a program approved by Congress.

news.vice.com/article/rand-paul-wants-to-every-airline-pilot-to-carry-a-firearm

Apr 13, 2016 ... The former presidential candidate, who is now facing a potentially tough reelection fight in Kentucky, is pressing Congress to pass legislation allowing all pilots aboard commercial flights in the US and internationally to carry firearms. Paul has long advocated for allowing all US airline pilots to carry firearms ...

www.factcheck.org/2009/03/guns-for-pilots

Mar 21, 2009 ... Q: Is it true that Obama is dropping the federal safety program that allowed pilots to carry guns? A: No, the program is not being ended, according to the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the largest airline pilots union. In fact, TSA says the program is being ...

articles.latimes.com/2003/apr/20/nation/na-pilots20

Apr 20, 2003 ... There is a minuscule chance, beginning today, that a pilot on a commercial flight may be carrying a gun.Some air travelers say even those odds ... Graduates are required to tell their employers that they have been certified to carry a gun 24 hours after they finish training. They do not have to take a weapon ...

www.quora.com/Do-pilots-carry-guns-in-the-cockpit

Sure. Many (if not most) military pilots (particularly on combat missions) have some sort of firearm as survival equipment. As others have said, in the US, there are some pilots (Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDO)) who are trained and authorized to have access to firearms on commercial flights. I think, though, they are kept in ...

www.wired.com/2012/01/armed-airline-pilots-want-authority-beyond-cockpit

Jan 27, 2012 ... After September 11, 2001 some airline pilots were granted the authority to carry guns while on duty in the cockpit. The pilots are trained on how to ... The number of pilots who have been through the training and are authorized to carry a gun in the cockpit has not been released. But Flagg told the Orlando ...

www.airlinepilotforums.com/major/38256-program-ends-allows-pilots-carry-guns.html

Is there any truth to this? http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/mar/17/ guns-on-a-plane-obama-secretly-ends-program-that-l/ "Obama secretly ends program that let pilots carry guns? After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a ...

www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/aviation-international-news/2007-01-30/guns-cockpit

Jan 30, 2007 ... Although properly trained airline pilots are now authorized to carry guns, the motivation to do so on a corporate aircraft has never really emerged, according to Doug Schwartz, chairman of the NBAA security council. “The topic of arming business aviation pilots barely even comes up at our meetings. I'm not ...