EU considers program like Air Marshals

Debate still on whether sky marshals would be armed


Jan. 13, 2008 -- Armed Sky Marshals are finally coming to European airline flights, according to EUbusiness.

At the end of "wide-ranging and lengthy consultations," European parliament members and officials from EU states agreed Friday [January 11, 2008] on a compromise setting new common rules and The deal sets common basic standards for airport and aircraft security, passengers and baggage, categories of articles that may be prohibited, cargo and mail, in-flight and airport supplies, and staff recruitment and training.

The arming of Marshals is not automatically ensured, however. The European Parliament and Council agree civil aviation security Weapons must not be carried on board an aircraft (with the exception of those carried in the hold), unless the requisite security conditions have been fulfilled in accordance with national laws and authorisation has been given by the states.