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sky marshal

n.
An armed federal law-enforcement officer, usually working undercover on an airliner during a flight, assigned to prevent or stop air piracy and acts of terrorism involving commercial aircraft.

sky marshal

n
1. (Aeronautics) an armed security guard on a commercial aircraft
2. (Law) an armed security guard on a commercial aircraft

sky′ mar`shal


n.
an armed federal marshal responsible for preventing the hijacking of airliners.
[1965–70, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sky marshal - a person trained by the government in hijacking and terrorist tactics who (for security reasons) is a passenger aboard an airline flightsky marshal - a person trained by the government in hijacking and terrorist tactics who (for security reasons) is a passenger aboard an airline flight
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
marshal, marshall - a law officer having duties similar to those of a sheriff in carrying out the judgments of a court of law
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It was announced armed sky marshals would go secretly on some British flights to the US to counter terrorists.
international flights and selected domestic flights would be protected by armed sky marshals.
Security officials in the US said hundreds of armed sky marshals flew to Europe to accompany flights after intelligence that the terror network could be looking to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden by special forces in Pakistan, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.
The Pasdaran, who run the sky marshals program in Iran, said the man was armed with a "cold weapon," meaning a knife or some other non-firing weapon.
FLIGHTS to and from Kolkata could become vulnerable in the near future thanks to some of the airlines dillydallying over the maintenance of sky marshals.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministry had on Thursday called for an urgent meeting and issued a set of directions aimed at upgrading security, which included deployment of sky marshals on all flights of the carrier operating in the region.
The powers of so-called sky marshals' - armed staff on airplanesa- have also been controversial, with some member states saying marshals can embark on their soil with their weapons and others saying they must stay onboard their plane once landed.
Rolling out such technology universally would require time and a huge reallocation of investment which until now has gone into other areas, such as deployment of sky marshals on planes.
New rules requiring a series of approvals from participating countries have been proposed by the EU for allowing sky marshals on flights.
But transport chiefs now claim that security improvements such as sealed cockpits, closed circuit television and sky marshals have removed the need for prohibition.
But transport chiefs now claim that security improvements such as sealed cockpits, closed-circuit television and sky marshals have removed the need for prohibition.