India, US agree to deploy sky marshals on flights
India and the US have agreed to deploy sky marshals on flights between the two countries.
An agreement on this was inked Wednesday with the Joint US-India Aviation Security Working Group agreeing to deploy sky marshals. The agreement will ensure clear parameters for their deployment, an official statement said.
Both sides are also expected to work out a list of dignitaries who would be exempted from pre-embarkation security checks at airports in the two countries.
In April last year, former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was frisked by the staff of Continental Airlines at Delhi airport before boarding a flight for the US.
Against this backdrop, Indian officials told the US side that issues concerning security at Indian airports will have to be first be taken up with the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
Welcoming the move, US Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer said: “The launch of the US-India Aviation Security Working Group demonstrates our increasingly close cooperation on a range of security matters of critical interest to the people of both our countries.”
–Indo-Asian News Service