BA’s electrifying response to terrorist threat

British Airways is considering arming its pilots with stun
guns and placing sky marshals on flights.

But BA has ruled out arming its flight crew with guns or
knives as they "may serve only to harm an unarmed intruder".

The potential security measures were outlined in the latest
edition of BA’s weekly in-house journal, British Airways News.

David Hyde, BA’s director off safety, security and the
environment, said, "It was vitally important that we acted quickly, but
not in a knee-jerk fashion.

"We have to bring in logical measures designed to
counter the events of 11 September – measures which can be sustained. We are
committed to remaining a safe and secure airline, with the safety of our
passengers, crew and aircraft of paramount importance."

Other measures to ensure staff and passenger safety include
new computer software capable of compiling a passenger blacklist, and
installing closed-circuit TV cameras on board flights.

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