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U.S. Says Stun Guns Viable for Airline Security

The Bush administration has concluded that stun guns, which emit a disabling electric shock, can be used for security aboard commercial airliners, a homeland security official said on Monday. After months of weighing their safety and potential effectiveness, the Transportation Security Administration said in a report to Congress that stun gun technology was an acceptable non-lethal option to protect the cockpit from intruders. Details of the report are classified but a government official provided an overview of its findings. The administration, which has taken a number of steps to enhance airline security since the 2001 hijack attacks on New York and Washington, also is not ruling out their use by flight attendants in the passenger cabin. “We think they are viable but only viable if done right,” said Robert Johnson, a spokesman for the security administration. Full Story

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