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Senator……(So carrying arms is not only for the US…) No, this is not the point. The point is that they are currently random but clearly ineffective given that the Christmas day incident was again on an American carrier. Please tell me how shooting in a pressurised aircraft would have stopped this guy?. The passengers, I would suggest, are alive only because there was no gun on board for anyone to use!.
The threat is very real, but it is no longer easily identifiable and is becoming ever more sophisticated and devious. The solutions must also be equally sophisticated and frankly, old fashioned gun slinging is simply not going to cut it.
Yes guns are permitted on aircraft in very specific instances in the UK involving very senior government members and the head of state.
It is restricted as guns on planes are exceptionally dangerous and those who carry them today, are highly trained and in the vast majority of cases, have never fired them in anger.