Air safety compromised by press release, critics charge

12/24/2009 | ABC News

Some security experts charge that a recent corporate news release has endangered the safety of federal air marshals and the flying public. Gunmaker Sig Sauer announced last week it would supply air marshals with .357SIG caliber P250 Compact pistols under a contract with the TSA. But Frank Terreri, president of the Federal Air Marshal Agency, says such information is the "last thing" that law enforcement would want made public. "Anyone who wants to take over a plane can be proactive and research that type of weapon, basically know everything about that weapon before going on the plane," he says. "You really don't want to give that playbook out to your enemy." But a Sig Sauer official says the information is not "that big of a deal," noting that the wording of the release was approved in advance by TSA.

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