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  • (As a side note, wouldn't firing a gun in a plane be a Bad Thing? You know, that whole "pressured cabin"-thing and all.)

    Actually, it's not. At least it's not a suck-the-supervillan-out-the-window-a-la-Goldfinger bad thing. Anectdotal (can't find the URL right now) but I read something on this the other day with a comment from a spokesman from Boeing that one or two handgun bullet holes wouldn't be sufficient alone to cause problems (other than those masks dropping from the ceiling, presumably).

    Also there's special bullets (`frangible', I believe is the term) which are specifically made for use in airplanes (hard enough to penetrate a person, but not the fuselage skin). Presumably this is what the already armed air marshals are equipped with; if it's safe enough for them . . .