rberq wrote:Be aware that this is an editorial, not an objective news piece. (Well, I suppose Fox would consider it objective.) It has some odd statements in it: for example, that pilots who have been approved to carry guns say that the approval process has come to a standstill. So, if they are already approved, why would they be waiting on an approval process?
Q:Is it true that Obama is dropping the federal safety program that allowed pilots to carry guns?
A:No, the program is not being ended, according to the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the largest airline pilots union. In fact, TSA says the program is being expanded. The claim comes from a Washington Times editorial that has been removed from the paper's Web site.
But the TSA says the program isn't being shut down at all. A major union for airline pilots also has said the claim "couldn't be further from the truth."
TSA spokeswoman Lauren Gaches told FactCheck.org that the TSA "continues to actively recruit, train and deploy new Federal Flight Deck Officers, and TSA recently opened a new recurrent training facility in Atlantic City." Gaches adds that another training facility "is set to open shortly in Texas and others are planned for the future."
FOX News also has reported that the Air Lines Pilot Association International, which represents more than 50,000 pilots in the U.S. and Canada, issued a statement saying that the editorial "couldn't be further from the truth."FOX News, March 18: "ALPA representatives met with TSA executives this afternoon and were told in no uncertain terms that TSA embraces the FFDO program, that there are no plans to reduce or restrict its growth, and that in fact the agency fully intends to grow and expand the program," the statement read. "Government representatives acknowledged that the program needs additional funding to achieve these goals, and that they are actively seeking same."
rberq wrote:Be aware that this is an editorial, not an objective news piece.