December 30, 2003

Memo To Tom Ridge: New Homeland Security directives will require selected international flights that cross into US airspace to carry an armed law enforcement officer aboard, if intelligence leads to a specific concern about that airplane. However, according to spokesman Dennis Murphy, "Homeland Security reviews the passenger and crew manifests of all planes bound for US airspace, generally after the plane has taken off ...". How is an armed marshall supposed to board a plane that is already in the air?

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