The firearm of a Transportation Security Administration federal flight deck officer accidentally discharged during a US Airways flight from Denver to Charlotte on Saturday, according to the airline.
No one was injured, and the flight landed safely in Charlotte, according to a statement from US Airways. The incident occured on flight 1536, which was in the air between 6:45 and 11:51 a.m. Saturday.
Wow, this raises a few pretty critical questions in my mind. How the heck did the gun go off by mistake? Was someone playing around with it? What part of the aircraft did it hit, and how bad could the damage have been?
While I can’t blame this on the air marshals (as much as I’d like to;)), I have a serious problem with the idea of guns aboard an aircraft, be they federal flight deck officers or federal air marshals. I really feel less safe with FAM’s aboard since they’re so easy to spot, so anyone that wanted to find a way to get their gun could, but I’m sure there’d be an uprising. Still, with the amount of security measures being taken nowadays, the least of which is the TSA, and the complete lack of access to the flight deck for non-employees, it just all seems so unnecessary to me. Whatever, I guess we should be happy that no one got hurt and just hope that closer controls come as a result of this.
PS: I’d like to apologize for a post I made earlier today (now deleted) without even realizing that the article was months old. I got my wisdom teeth out on Friday and I guess I haven’t regained all my wisdom yet. I also promise some mileage run tutorial posts a little later in the week.