With a bit of luck and wind in the right direction, Dan and I will be winging our way to the 2017 SHOT Show as you read these words. If a terrorist or crazy attacks at Austin airport, we’ll be like lambs to the slaughter. Fast-running, cover-seeking lambs, but lambs nonetheless. If we were active law enforcement officers, we’d be able carry in the airport, subject to various caveats. For one thing, we’d have to have completed ‘Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed” training. Here’s criminaljusticeonlineblog.com‘s description of the course:
The Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed training is a 1.5 to 2 hour block of instruction that is comprised of a structured lesson plan, slide presentation, FAQs, NLETS procedures, and applicable codes of federal regulation. This material is provided to Federal, State, Local, Territorial, Tribal, and approved Railroad Law Enforcement agencies and departments to properly instruct their officers on the subject of flying on board commercial aircraft while armed. The training includes protocols in the handling of prohibited items, prisoner transport, and dealing with an act of criminal violence aboard an aircraft.
What if non-LEOs could take this course and carry on a plane. Would you?