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US Sky Marshalls on EU Flights

11 February, 2008

The Guardian reports today that “the US administration is pressing the 27 governments of the European Union to sign up for a range of new security measures for transatlantic travel, including allowing armed guards on all flights from Europe to America by US airlines.”

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I thought that this was already being done! They also went on to report that;

“The demand to put armed air marshals on to the flights is part of a travel clampdown by the Bush administration that officials in Brussels described as “blackmail” and “troublesome”, and could see west Europeans and Britons required to have US visas if their governments balk at Washington’s requirements.”

“…within months the US department of homeland security is to impose a new permit system for Europeans flying to the US, compelling all travellers to apply on-line for permission to enter the country before booking or buying a ticket, a procedure that will take several days.”

All this is just another reason why it’s definitely time for Bush to go. I understand some of the reasons why airport security is paramount, but this is just paranoia plain and simple. I can’t help but get the feeling it’s actually the security services, CIA etc that are driving this action. They really won’t be happy until America has closed its borders completely.

Air  Marshalls or Sky Marshalls as they are sometimes known, have been flying regularly on US domestic flights since 1970 and their numbers were drastically increased in 2003 by another 5,000 armed agents.

I must admit, that you do feel slightly safer on a flight if you know that there is one flying with you!

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