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US Senate votes to arm pilots
Washington, Usa - president Bush initially opposed the idea, but at present he appears to have backtracked
The US Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would arm airline pilots on a voluntary basis. Endorsed by a vote of 87-6, the controversial measure gives commercial pilots the authority to use lethal force in defence of their aircraft. The House of Representatives has already passed legislation that would allow all 70,000 commercial airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit on a voluntary...
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency