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US Nears Decision On Guns in Cockpit

After failing to meet a congressionally mandated deadline for action, the Transportation Security Administration said yesterday that it will decide “within days” whether to allow some airlines to arm pilots with a kind of stun gun that emits an immobilizing electric shock. The TSA, which last month began a program to arm some pilots with guns in the cockpit, said it missed its May 26 deadline because it needed more time to weigh the safety and legal concerns of stun guns. Robert Johnson, a spokesman for the agency, said it took longer than anticipated to test the weapons, adding that a decision is “imminent.” “We’re talking about putting another weapon on board an aircraft,” Johnson said. “We owe it to the traveling public to be thorough and to make certain we’re doing the very best we can to develop protocols.” Full Story

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