After 911 we not only used armed air Marshalls to help thwart terrorist activity we instituted a program which armed pilots as well.
"Rumor" has it that the current administration wants to DE-FUND that program. Link above and excerpt below.
NICE that we are announcing this "rumor" to the terrorists!!!
The FFDO (Federal Flight Deck Officer) program was implemented by the Bush Administration working with law enforcement, airline management and pilot unions. Pilots with guns were a way to augment the Federal Air Marshall Service which was already in place and quickly expanded. Recent rumors indicate that the Obama administration will attempt to de-fund the FFDO program. I think it would be a huge loss to security and a big mistake.