Nearly two out of three pilots do not believe guns should be carried in the cockpit, according to an informal survey done recently by NBAA. At last count, nearly 55 respondents shot down the idea for various reasons–ranging from the risk of critically damaging the aircraft to accidentally shooting an innocent person. About 20 respondents thought it was a good idea (although just one admitted to currently carrying guns in the cockpit).
Never one to shy away from controversy, Mesa Air Group chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein has announced that his airline will begin training its pilots to carry taser weapons in the cockpit. A Mesa spokesperson said the airline expected to complete training and FAA coordination for the plan within three months. Mesa on October 17 began placing private security personnel on its airplanes based in Albuquerque, N.M.