UPDATE: The pilot has been taken off flight duty. Still unclear what happened, but an investigation is underway to see if the pilot was “mishandling” the gun.
Here’s a scary story that I hadn’t heard about (but Gadling did):
Over the weekend, a gun belonging to a US Airways pilot went off in the cockpit.
Nobody was hurt, and the plane landed safely.
I’ve got more details on that (including my thoughts on what COULD have happened), but I’d like to hear your comments, too. Should we have armed pilots? Keep reading…
Gun Discharges in Cockpit
I just read a truly fascinating article by the New York Times’ Patrick Smith about airport security, and his point is a lot of it is meaningless.
Not all of it; he’s very much in favor of explosives scanning for checked luggage. But Smith believes it’s sheer lunacy to make flight crews undergo the same screening as passengers, while some airport workers are subject to just the occasional random screening.
And he’s not crazy about passengers undergoing such extensive screening either:
“In the end, I’m not sure which is more troubling, the inanity of the existing regulations, or the average American’s acceptance of them and willingness to be humiliated.”
Smith maintains that the Sept. 11th attacks had less to do with terrorists armed with box-cutters, than armed with the element of surprise.
Airport Security: Is it (Past) Time for a Change?
Maybe you’ve already seen my Top 10 “worst” list. Now for the good news: I actually found enough good things for a BEST list.
Think you’ll enjoy this. Just click “more” to see the entire list.
And if you think I’ve left anything out, please, tell me in the comments section.
The Top 10 – Best in Air Travel of 2007: Sometimes Flying is Fun!
Interesting tidbit from the Washington Post about airline ticket & trip insurance, and a good reminder for us all.
It tells the story of a vacationing family that had to flee a hurricane, only to find out that the trip insurance they thoughtfully took out, didn’t cover their losses.
Read the fine print, everyone. And I’m reminding myself, as well.