Armed marshals are not such a good idea

I read that armed undercover marshals are going to be deployed on the London Underground in an attempt to foil future bombers (, 23 August).

What an interesting idea. But how are these marshals going to recognise a suicide bomber? And how are they going to stop one?

Is every carriage in every tube train going to have a marshal? If not, then how would they even know if someone jumped up in the next carriage and shouted: “I’ve got a bomb”?

A marshal on a plane is a totally different solution to a totally different threat. It sounds like a good idea, but it does not stand up to scrutiny.

Robert Agar-Hutton
Managing director

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