Should passengers be armed?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2001 - 11:50 am PDT

While dismissed as a meritless and even dangerous notion mere weeks ago, the debate over whether airlines should institute a policy of arming all passengers has recently become a hot topic. After the 9/11 attacks, NRA chief Charleton Heston was quick to point out  that “had even one passenger of the hijacked flights been carrying a loaded gun, these tragedies could have been averted.” In Washington, Congress is close to hashing out a compromise bill in which only those passengers flying in the first-class section would be issued handguns for the duration of the flight.