The Pasdaran statement said the hijacking plot was foiled "through the timely and decisive actions of the Pasdar sky marshals
and the vigilance of the cabin crew.
All these years Air India has been bearing the lodging and boarding expenses of the sky marshals
employed in all the carriers, including private.
The British Association of Airline Pilots also opposes sky marshals
Now armed US sky marshals
have been drafted in to protect passengers and crew on daily Continental flights from Birmingham to New York -and to stop terrorists trying to launch an attack on America from the Midlands.
And pilots have attacked the secrecy surrounding the deployment of the sky marshals
without passengers' knowledge.
Recently, US insistence on sky marshals
has met with opposition from some European countries.
Balpa said the latest scare showed sky marshals
were a side issue.
Yesterday, Balpa said the latest scare showed sky marshals
were a side issue and security on the ground at airports was most important.
But Mr Darling has dismissed a suggestion that recent British Airways transatlantic flights had been grounded to force the airline to accept sky marshals
Mr Darling yesterday dismissed as "complete rubbish" a suggestion that recent British Airways transatlantic flights had been grounded to force the airline to accept sky marshals
A Home Office spokeswoman said: "The idea of sky marshals
is one of the recommendations of the Wheeler report.
Besides becoming police officers, students can go on to good careers as dispatchers, sky marshals
and corrections officers.