You're sitting in seat 22A of a Boeing 737 traveling 530 mph at 30,000 feet. The flight attendants complete their beverage service and the in-flight movie begins. At that moment,six terrorists leave their seats in unison....
God forbid this happens to you or your loved ones. But if it does, would you want the flight crew to have firearms to stop the terrorists or wait for an F-16 carrying six AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to be ordered to shoot that commercial airliner out of the sky? Forget about an air marshal being on board -- latest reports show that only around 5% of the 28,000 daily commercial flights in the U.S. have an air marshal.
Since 9/11, politicians and government bureaucrats say they are doing everything they can to keep terrorists off airliners. But what happens today if terrorists get on board a commercial flight? Chances are extremely high there won't be an air marshal on board. Hope the cockpit door holds? At best the new cockpit door will provide only an obstacle to terrorists because "Boeing has stated that constructing an impenetrable cockpit door is not possible." (Airline Pilots Security Alliance)
You might know Congress has already passed legislation authorizing armed pilots. Unfortunately for the flying public, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has deliberately dragged its feet on implementing the program. On April 1, 2004, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) stated, "Two years ago, Congress sent a clear message by a vote of 310-113 to arm America's pilots. Since that time, less than 1% of the 40,000 pilots that signed up to participate have been trained. That is absolutely unacceptable...."
Congress already voted to arm commercial pilots to provide a last line of defense against onboard terrorists. But the Transportation Safety Administration would rather use an F-16 armed with Sidewinder missiles to shoot down a hijacked airliner!
Congressmen Joe Wilson, Virgil Goode and Ron Paul want commercial airline pilots to be armed as quickly as possible and want the Transportation Safety Administration to stop dragging its feet. Therefore tonight, they will submit an amendment to "H.R. 10 - The 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act" to the House Rules Committee.
Here's our immediate problem: The House Rules Committee will only allow a small number of amendments to H.R. 10 and we want the Wilson-Goode-Paul amendment to be one of them. We must get the Rules Committee to accept the Wilson-Goode-Paul amendment in order for the amendment to be scheduled for a vote by the entire House. The committee will make its decision within the 24 to 48 hours so we have little time.
Majority Leader Tom DeLay
Additional Information: Airline Pilots Security Alliance