Last month, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge came out in public against the idea of arming flight crews in order to provide them some means of fighting back against an attempted terrorist assault or hijacking once airborne. "I don`t think we want to equip our pilots with firearms," Mr. Ridge said in an interview. "That doesn`t make a lot of sense to me." Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta has taken essentially the same position, which, together with Mr. Ridge`s recent statements, may be a good indicator of the president`s view as well. It`s hard to understand, though, why the administration would oppose the idea of arming pilots - an idea that has broad-based support among the pilots themselves, as well as many Americans. "Why can I not have one last chance to save my passengers and crew?" J.J. Lowers, an airline captain from Orange County, Calif., told CNN.
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