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Air marshals back to long flights

The Department of Homeland Security hastily cancelled a fledgling plan Wednesday that would have taken federal air marshals off long-distance flights to cut costs. Secretary Tom Ridge pledged to maintain the security program amid warnings of possible new terrorist attacks. The about-face came after some marshals were informed of schedule changes that would bump them off flights requiring overnight hotel stays. That would have left most international and cross-country flights, such as those hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001, without the added security. The placement of air marshals on U.S. airlines was one of several measures taken by the federal government to tighten aviation security after the Sept. 11 attacks. In addition, passengers and luggage were put through more elaborate screening, and cockpit doors were reinforced. Now, some pilots are being trained to carry guns. Full Story

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