More on the Airplane Discharge
In comments here, Marko (who looks like a young Rutger Hauer – seriously check out the pic in the upper right) says:
You can lock and unlock the weapon without ever removing it from the holster, and the holster is designed so that the bar of the lock (or the handcuff, for cop use) goes behind the trigger, not in front of it.
The pilot in question removed the weapon from the holster and manipulated the trigger, thatís all. It didnít discharge by accident while he was trying to lock or unlock it. Iíve sold a few of the holsters in question, so Iím pretty confident about how they work.
Now, I’m not familiar with the holster in question and that may be correct. However, TSA’s policy of stowing the weapon adds unnecessary gun handling into the equation. And that is problematic. Additionally, the photo of the holster in question (seen here) looks to me like it is possible for the lock to come into contact with the trigger. The guy was stowing the weapon (which he was doing per this article) in accordance with policy. That’s an unnecessary bit of handling of a firearm. The only time the pilot should handle the gun is when it’s being drawn to fire. Otherwise, it should remain holstered and out of sight.