The Federal Flight Deck Officer page on Wikipedia says this:

Under the FFDO program, flight crew members are authorized to use firearms. A flight crew member may be a pilot, flight engineer or navigator assigned to the flight.

To me, it seems like this would be crucial information for the PIC to know, if their flight engineer (for example) was armed; but on the flip-side of this, the engineer might want to keep that to himself if he's with a crew he hasn't flown with before.

Is there a guideline on whether an FFDO should inform the crew that he's armed?

  • $\begingroup$ It will become rather apparent when you see the crew member unlock, load and holster their weapon. $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Apr 9, 2014 at 21:24
  • $\begingroup$ @casey It has to be holstered in a particular place? Otherwise the engineer might want to keep that to himself $\endgroup$ Apr 9, 2014 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ You should clarify whether you are asking about FFDO or "not commercial aviation" as FFDO only exist at airlines. $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Apr 9, 2014 at 21:27
  • $\begingroup$ @casey Ah I see! Let it be commercial then. I'll edit momentarily. $\endgroup$ Apr 9, 2014 at 21:28
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    $\begingroup$ It has to be briefed as different door procedures will be in effect. Ill figure out what I can or cant say and post an A later. $\endgroup$
    – casey
    Apr 9, 2014 at 21:29

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