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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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 aboard flights.
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.
There was no guarantee last night that sky marshals would become a legal requirement on all flights.