Aviation Security Additional Controls Needed to Address Weaknesses in Carriage of Weapons Regulations
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV
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The number of law enforcement officers who fly while armed is unknown because neither FAA nor the airlines systematically collect this information. However, we obtained anecdotal information that provides some perspective on the number of officers who fly while armed. For example, one U.S. carrier reported to us that it carried over 3,000 armed law enforcement officers each month during a 3-month period. Another U.S. carrier reported to us that it carried about 100 officers each month during an 8-month period. We are recommending that FAA work with the airlines to collect and assess information on how frequently law enforcement officers carry firearms on board aircraft. At a minimum, this information will enable FAA to assess the extent to which the agency is achieving its goal of reducing weapons carried by law enforcement officers on commercial aircraft.
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