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United Pilots To Be Given Stun Guns  
User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3995 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - United Airlines will arm its cockpits with electronic tasers to help its pilots defend against any attempted hijacking.

The airline, which lost two of its planes to hijackers in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, said Thursday that the tasers will fire an electronic charge that will disable intruders, allowing them to be subdued. The tasers can be fired at a distance of a couple of yards, allowing the threatening passenger to be subdued before they are next to the pilot.

"United and its pilots believe tasers are an important addition to enhanced cockpit security. Tasers will incapacitate an attacker without endangering the airplane," said a statement from Andrew Studdert, the airline's chief operating officer.

The airline said it will start placing the tasers in electronically coded lockboxes in cockpits as soon as it gets necessary clearance. The tasers will be removed from the lockbox once the crew is in the cockpit and returned at the end of the flight.

United, a unit of UAL Corp. (UAL: up $0.64 to $12.53, Research, Estimates), was also one of the first major airlines to announce it had completed the reinforcement of cockpit doors to discourage hijack attempts.

The tasers are being sold to the airline by Taser International Inc., (TASR: up $1.38 to $12.18, Research, Estimates) a Scottsdale, Ariz., company. The size of the contract was not announced by United or the company.

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I think this is a much better idea then firearms



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User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

It is a much better idea than firearms. It's non-lethal and they can avoid homicide charges this way if it accidently hits an innocent pass.

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