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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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Of course, the duty was undercover and a sky marshal had to have a good cover story.
This is because the National Security Guard ( NSG), responsible for providing sky marshals for all flights taking off or landing in Kolkata, prefers to interact with one designated airline for better co- ordination.
One pilot, who asked not to be named, said: 'I can confirm USbound flights from Birmingham are regularly carrying armed American sky marshals.
Yesterday, a spokesman said: 'The US and British governments have agreed that where a United States-based carrier flies into Scotland, then we have the ability to place sky marshals on board that flight.
Switzerland introduced sky marshals following the hijacking of a Swissair plane from Zurich to New York in 1970 by Palestinian terrorists, who later blew up the plane after releasing all the passengers and crew unharmed.
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.
A Balpa spokesman said: "We want an agreement covering the use of air marshals on all airlines." But Mr Darling has dismissed a suggestion that recent British Airways transatlantic flights had been grounded to force the airline to accept sky marshals.
Although a summary of the report was published last month, the idea of 'sky marshals' was not disclosed.
In contrast, a program involving hundreds of thousands of volunteer sky marshals could greatly limit the number of flights any one marshal had to make.
Sky Marshals, the logical role model, are among the most highly trained law-enforcement officers in America with firearms.
At a time when America is at war on terrorism, I can think of better uses for this money: more sky marshals, better security at nuclear power plants, developing vaccine stockpiles, or maybe just helping the economy by not slipping back into a deficit spending mode as we fund our war on terrorism.