UK drops plans for ‘sky marshals’

The
Government has secretly ditched plans to place armed guards on UK flights,
according to reports in the UK national press.

The
Daily Mirror said a senior source in the air industry claims ministers were
never keen on the idea, but proposed the anti-terrorist measure under pressure
from the US.

The
proposal, announced last year by the home secretary David Blunkett and
transport secretary Alistair Darling, was that armed guards would be stationed
on flights to stop hijackers.

Only
the US and France have so far acted on the idea.

By
Roisin Woolnough

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