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.
, 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.