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"Arm our pilots now" by Captain Mark Estabrook, AirlinePilots.com PDF, 11-16SEP2001 (I started writing this editorial before the second tower was hit. I was hosting AirlinePilots.com on a server at home and had a cable guy working on my connection underneath my desk when my wife called to tell me to turn on the TV. I knew immediately who was behind it and began writing the first paragraph when the second plane entered the picture. I updated the editorial several times that week in-between radio, TV and print interviews before I was asked by the union to come in and chair a security committee. The editorial went national and international, as flawed as it was, and put pressure on ALPA to reverse their position on arming pilots. Duane Woerth quickly changed his mind about it and got out in front of a marching band).

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