Yesterday, Mr Darling dismissed as 'complete rubbish' a suggestion that transatlantic flights had been grounded to force BA to accept sky marshals
CHRIS PAYNE from Glasgow`I'd feel more safe with armed sky marshals
But a spokesman for the British Airline Pilots Association said, 'Our view has always been that putting sky marshals
on planes is the worst thing you can do.
He said: ``With the higher level of threat, we have to protect against attacks on civil aviation and the sky marshals
idea is a good one.
The sky marshals
would be deployed 'where appropriate' and be dressed as ordinary passengers.
The introduction of sky marshals
is the most significant measure in a general drive to step-up aviation safety announced by the governmentyesterday.
A Home Office spokeswoman said, ``The idea of sky marshals
is one of the recommendations of the Wheeler report.
The UK announced on 28 December 2003 that it would place sky marshals
on some flights as a "last line of defence" against suicide hijackers.
Pilots last night expressed alarm after the Government announced armed sky marshals
are to be deployed on some British flights in response to the heightened state of alert in the United States.
The Government's decision to deploy armed sky marshals
on UK passenger flights has provoked an angry reaction among pilots, it emerged yesterday.
had been used successfully in other countries such as Israel for some time,he said.
There was no guarantee last night that sky marshals
would become a legal requirement on all flights.