Obama has slashed funding in his 2013 budget for the Federal Flight Deck Officer program from $25 million to $12 million. The funds are used to conduct background checks, pilot training, periodic retraining and re certification, and administration costs.
The proposed budget also cuts the Federal Air Marshal Service by 4% to $927 million dollars.
Here's the kicker: We spend about $15 PER FLIGHT for FFDOs (armed pilots) and about $3,000 PER FLIGHT for federal Air Marshals.
Via John Lott and CNN.