Airline pilots slam cockpit gun ban

 - October 3, 2007, 8:59 AM

“The DOT would rather let an F-16 shoot down a hijacked airplane than let pilots carry guns in the cockpit,” was The Wall Street Journal’s response to Transportation Security Administration director John Magaw’s declaration “that I will not authorize firearms in the cockpit.” His decision overrides the wishes of airline pilots, who have been campaigning since September 11 to be allowed to carry guns as a barrier of last resort against terrorist hijackers. Pilots intend to lobby Congress to reverse the decision.