Firearms are not a realistic solution to solving terrorism and air travel. Even in a worst case scenario i don't think they make sense. It's just seems like a bad idea to have pilots armed.
On the other hand it is sometimes nervewrecking to fly american airlines on int'l flights, so sometimes I feel a bit mixed about this question. It's reassuring to at least think that there are skymarshalls on those flights.
So i'm a bit mixed.
Not quite sure what this has to do with the "real world" or not, or whether Europe or America is the "real world." Seems like a particularly assanine and spurious debate.
However, having said that, airport security needs to be better and to be honest i think it's better in europe at heathrow, cdg, ams, fra, than the crappy TSA
at American airports So in that sense it seems like europeans are taking security more seriously (not just making it a political issue, like congressional and white house republicans who call for TSA
they try to cut its funding and privatize airport screeners...) TSA
needs revamping, training and funding, not fund reduction and privitization
Anyway rather than just bash each other trans-atlantically, i'm curious as to what people honestly think when they are on the plane, not now, when they are on the ground at a computer.