Armed pilots in airplanes: Should airline pilots be armed?

  • Prevent More Hijackings

    Pilots should certainly be armed so long as they are well trained with the firearms they choose to carry and are comfortable using those guns as well. Just the knowledge that pilots carry guns is sufficient to prevent many people from trying to hijack a plane, and could prevent even those not dissuaded from taking over the plane's controls.

  • No, arm somebody else

    A member of security should be armed on flights in the event it is needed, but the pilots have enough to worry about. They need to focus on keeping the flight on course and getting everybody on the ground safely, making them responsible for taking out any threats on board isn't going to help that.

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