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Armed-Pilot Money Cut by U.S. for Other Priorities, Pistole Says

Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole defended a proposal to cut funding in half for a U.S. program that trains airline pilots to carry guns, saying the money is needed for higher priorities.

The agency is proposing a reduction to $12.5 million from $25 million for the coming year, Pistole said at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing today. The agency has had trouble coordinating schedules of armed pilots, whose flights are set by the airlines, with those of U.S. air marshals managed by the TSA, he said.