Airlines and guns in the 50's

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    Lightbulb Airlines and guns in the 50's

    I was watching an old movie and a guy was after another guy that had an affair with his wife and pulled a gun, well other men on the plane rustled him down and took his gun. during the flight he said he was sorry and when they landed they gave him his gun back. Just made me think in the 1950's guns were allowed on planes. Does anyone remember this?
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    wow ! thats so ozzie and harriett...
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    Elmer Keith mentioned in some of his writings that he often travelled across country by air while carrying a revolver.

    Most people don't remember this now, but in the 1930s and 1940s, probably the 1950s also, commercial airline pilots were required to be armed if their aircraft was carrying U.S. Mail.

    Postal clerks travelling in Railway Express cars were required to be armed also.


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    See logic escapes most people nowadays.

    If the airplane was 99% full of law abiding Americans carrying guns. A terrorists wouldn't get far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig229 View Post
    See logic escapes most people nowadays.
    Good call.
    Logic has been replaced by bureaucracy, and people interested in the advancement of their own political careers.

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    The movie was "the High and the Mighty". Correct?
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    Logic?

    What logic?
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    In 1969 I carried my pistol back from spain in my carry on bag because I didn't trust the baggage people, no problem.

    When I returned to Spain in 1970 I carried not only my gun, but also about 20 knives in my carry on.

    When I returned to the states In 1971 I had my gun in my carry on again.

    After that I had to put it in the hold baggage. The change was caused by D.B Cooper when He hijacked the plane from Portland Or. to Seattle Wa. on 24 Nov. 1971.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raevan View Post
    In 1969 I carried my pistol back from spain in my carry on bag because I didn't trust the baggage people, no problem.

    When I returned to Spain in 1970 I carried not only my gun, but also about 20 knives in my carry on.

    When I returned to the states In 1971 I had my gun in my carry on again.

    After that I had to put it in the hold baggage. The change was caused by D.B Cooper when He hijacked the plane from Portland Or. to Seattle Wa. on 24 Nov. 1971.
    Wasn't cooper the guy that jumped with a lot of money never to be seen again.

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    You could do a lot of things back then that are mere memories today. Not only carry a handgun on a plane but I was even able to buy ammo for my 30-06 for $.03 per round. Sure wish I had stocked up then.
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    Yes D.B.Cooper was the Hijacker that jumped with the money.
    Some of the money was recovered years later found floating down a stream in plastic bag but no sign of him or his remains have been found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reloader View Post
    The movie was "the High and the Mighty". Correct?
    Not sure one of those 3 in the morning flicks

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    Wasn't cooper the guy that jumped with a lot of money never to be seen again.
    That would be DB. He was also responcible for inflight door lock on the rear loading stairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raevan View Post
    In 1969 I carried my pistol back from spain in my carry on bag because I didn't trust the baggage people, no problem.
    It's been over 37 years, and you STILL can't trust the baggage people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrioticRick View Post
    Just made me think in the 1950's guns were allowed on planes. Does anyone remember this?
    Yes. It wasn't until sometime in the 60s or maybe the very early 70s, after several attempts (both successful and not) to hijack airplanes and take them to Cuba, that carrying firearms on airplanes was outlawed.

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    Well, I was a TSA for a few years and let me tell you. There are still plenty of way to get a handgun on a plane and its actually simple to do. Along with a handgun, grenades, plastic explosive's and knives aren't difficult to hide either.

    I wont say how here on a public forum.
    But in reality your not safe on an airplane with the current level of security in place. Even after 9-11.
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