Honestly, I'm a little surprised by the backlash from the Asims regarding this. After all, this is a combat beta. I thought the whole point of a beta was for testing to work out any bugs before a full galactic release. Wouldn't it be good to know if something bad happens when a player attempts to attack an NPC transport pilot, so any related bugs can be fixed before the release of combat?
But I guess nothing happened, so it's no big deal anyway I suppose.