Pilotís Gun Accident Cause:
US Airways pilot James Langenhahnís gun went off as he was stowing it away. Placing the TSA mandated padlock through a hole in the holster against the trigger of a loaded gun was a deadly idea that the TSA ordered all FFDO pilots to do after entering and before leaving the cockpit. That action was the apparent cause of the pilotís gun discharging.
Firearms trainers all over the country were shocked to find out about this very risky policy from my December revelations of the secret and unorthodox procedures created by the TSA. The fact that there are not similar accidents every day with this policy is a monument to the pilots who have volunteered for the training and duty.
Revealing classified information was the only way to expose the danger and force the TSA to eliminate the unnecessary and dangerous handling of the FFDOís service weapons. With last weeksí accidental discharge and exposure of the problem thereís a good chance the TSA will see the error of their way and retire those padlocks. Thankfully nobody was killed or injured.
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