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Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed

Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service

Law Enforcement Officers, such as the one shown here, may fly while armed if thet have gone through the proper training with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service maintains oversight of the Law Enforcement Officers Flying Armed training program. This training program is mandatory for all Law Enforcement Officers flying armed under Code of Federal Regulation CFR 1544.219 Carriage of Accessible Weapons.

The training material for this program is comprised of a structured lesson plan, slide presentation, sample "Request to Fly Armed" letter, FAQ's, and applicable codes of federal regulation. This material is provided to other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and departments so that they can properly instruct their officers on the subject of flying on board commercial aircraft while armed. The material covered includes protocols in the handling of prohibited items, prisoner transport and dealing with an act of criminal violence aboard an aircraft.

The program training material may be obtained by emailing the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service, Office of Personnel and Training, Training Policy and Development Division, Operations Branch at For time sensitive requests please call 1-703-487-3100. To ensure uniform and consistent instruction of the program, the training material will only be disseminated to the training division of the requesting agency.

A general overview of the program can also be found on the FBI's Law Enforcement Online system which is only available to persons duly employed by a law enforcement, criminal justice, or public safety agency. To request access to the FBI's Law Enforcement Online system, please contact their program office at (888) 334-4536 or E-mail

For general questions or guidance related to Law Enforcement Officers flying armed, please contact the Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service, Liaison Division. Their e-mail address is:

Prohibited Items

We would like to remind federal officers and agents, whether on official or non-official travel, and state and local officers and agents on official travel not to transport prohibited items, which are not necessary for the performance of their official duties, through security checkpoints or onboard aircraft while traveling armed. Regulations surrounding prohibited carry-on items and associated security checkpoint procedures are covered in the training material. Particular attention should be given to the prohibition against carrying hazardous materials, such as pepper spray or mace, in carry-on bags.  For more information read our prohibited items section.