Air crews to get training, stun guns
Working with major U.S. airlines, the federal government has developed new guidelines for appropriate training, tactics, and equipment to be used by flight attendants and airplane pilots in the event of attempted highjackings. American Airlines has already announced that in accordance with the limits established by the guidelines, it will offer optional self-defense training to supplement the federally mandated training that crew members must now receive. American will also be issuing plastic flex cuffs and restraining tape to its flight attendants, and United Airlines has received permission to install Taser stun guns in the cockpits of all of its airplanes.
See JON HILKEVITCH, Chicago Tribune, February 28, 2002