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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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 British Association of Airline Pilots also opposes sky marshals.
A spokesperson for the National Police Agency said that no timescale for the introduction of sky marshals had been set.
So our new sky marshals, instead of being a last line of defence in a sturdy safety system, will be no more than a potentially lethal front designed to cover woeful inadequacies of a cowboy outfit.
So far Virgin Atlantic have also ruled out sky marshals.
At no time during the World Cup were Pretory Sky Marshals required to use force to accomplish their mission.
One UK holiday airline, Thomas Cook Airlines, said it would refuse to operate flights if sky marshals were put on board.
Nothing should compromise passenger safety and unless we receive clear guidelines on procedure regarding sky marshals we will not fly with them on board.
The introduction of the sky marshals comes after US aviation put on alert last week amid fears of a new terror threat.
THE deployment of armed sky marshals on some planes pre-empted an American demand for their introduction, it emerged yesterday.
A Thomas Cook Airlines spokesman: 'For the time being, if a sky marshal presents himself, we will cancel the flight.
Federal Aviation Administration: Responsible for commercial air traffic control and safety, including sky marshal anti-terrorism unit.