Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Shot Heard 'Round the Airport

You probably heard that a TSA certified pilot accidentally discharged his weapon in flight. News coverage of the event probably made you wonder what Captain Fife was doing playing Wyatt Earp in the cockpit when he should have been landing his plane. The answer of course is that he was most likely locking up his gun as required by the TSA whenever he leaves (or is going to leave) the cockpit. For some stupid reason, the method the TSA uses to secure a weapon in flight is to put a padlock through the gun's holster into it's triggerguard, while the gun is loaded and on the pilots belt. Think about the mechanics of that one. It's a really great idea, isn't it?

For those not in the know, you don't play with loaded weapons. You don't want to do anything that screws around near the trigger of one because if you pull the trigger the gun is supposed to fire. There is no reason to go near the trigger if your gun is in the holster. Most modern holsters cover the trigger guard for this very reason. In contrast, the TSA approved holster has a slot in it so you can stick a curved padlock shackle into the trigger guard and wiggle it around a bunch.

What idiot thought up that procedure and how can we get him fired?

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