Stun guns OK'd for use on airline By Alan Levin and Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY WASHINGTON � Korean Air last week became the first carrier to receive U.S. government permission to equip jets with electric stun guns as a defense against terrorists.
Korean, which had installed TASER guns on at least some of its fleet in 2002, can now use these weapons on flights over this country, the Transportation Security Administration told USA TODAY.
TASERs are designed to deliver an electric shock that briefly incapacitates people without injuring them. Last year the TSA decided that stun guns were the only non-lethal weapon that could be used safely on airline flights.
"TSA believes that less-than-lethal weapons, if properly deployed, offer a positive additional layer of security," says spokesman Mark Hatfield.