---The trouble with guns on an airplane is they sometimes go off when you least expect it. Here is the TSA's statement on the incident:
"March 23 -- A US Airways pilot, who is a member of the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, accidentally discharged his firearm while airborne today (US Airways #1536, Airbus A319, Denver – Charlotte). The flight landed safely in Charlotte and was never in danger.
TSA and the Federal Air Marshals Service take this matter seriously and an investigation is underway. The pilot was authorized to be in possession of the weapon and he completed the appropriate training.
This pilot last requalified on Nov. 7, 2007."###