Air Marshal

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Air Marshal

An undercover law enforcement agent who boards a flight as a normal passenger to prevent a hijacking or other crime, should one occur. The air marshal is tasked with ensuring air travel, both for business and pleasure, occurs smoothly and safely. An air marshal is also called a sky marshal.
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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.