Okay - and what would you guess the chances are of the plane you are on being one that has a terrorist willing (and able) to blow the entire plane (and himself) on board? Where, exactly, do you expect the plane to crash that you need a sidearm - the Amazon rain forest? That said, if it did, I would wager you (and most civilians) chances of surviving, after a plane crash that was severe enough to somehow prevent the plane from being located via the Black Box, for more than a few days in the wilderness is extraordinarily low. You do realize that small single-engine prop planes, statistically, have FAR higher failure and fatality rates than large jetliners, right? Also, what's to stop that terrorist with a shoe bomb from being on the smaller aircraft? I would agree- as we continue to live to older and older ages, we should be testing folks to ensure they are capable of driving. By the same token, I think a mandatory 5 year drivers test would be a wonderful thing - because it isn't just old folks that are dangerous, but all the rando's talking on their phone, driving intoxicated, distracted by a crying baby in the backseat, or otherwise utterly incapable of handling emergency situations (or even recovering from a fishtail). I... don't think anyone has proposed a car with no manual controls as of yet, at least not to go into production for a long, long time. Do you eat Corn of any sort? Or wheat? What about barley? Sugar? Tomatoes? Apples? Yeah, then you are eating GMO's - they have all been selectively bread to increase desirable traits, have higher yield, and be more tolerant to disease and weather. Except, for most people, we really don't. The unfortunate truth is that a small, but extremely vocal minority, do, in fact, believe that - and they shout it from the hilltops every chance they get. Most people are inherently good given the option, statistically speaking. The problem in America is that we have cultivated our government and economic system to empower those most likely to abuse or consolidate power.