Airlines are opposed to arming pilots because they are concerned about their liability if anyone but a terrorist is shot by a pilot. They should be opposed, because sooner or later someone will be shot, and the likelihood of it being a terrorist is remote.
“69 Are Accused of Lying to Get Airport Jobs” read the headline of the NY Times story on December 11, 2001, reporting the arrests of airport personnel who used false identification documents and made false statements on the their applications for airport identification passes which provided access to restricted areas of the airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), together with independent analysts, have catalogued over the years the very poor state of security at our airports. The most basic security precautions still have not been undertaken, even after the unbelievable events of September 11th. Yet Congress, as if in a trance, continues to look to the FAA for a way out, as though the FAA itself had no role in decades of security negligence. Despite the recommendations of two presidential panels and numerous credible reports of the likelihood of terrorism, as recently as August of this year, the FAA and airline representatives assigned a very low priority to improving airport security.