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U.S. Air Marshal Plans Resisted in Europe, Africa

Airlines in Europe and Africa vowed on Tuesday to cancel flights rather than comply with American demands to carry armed air marshals on some U.S-bound planes to guard against more September 11-style attacks. The statements by South African Airways and Thomas Cook Airlines, the charter flight arm of Europe’s second biggest travel firm, deepened controversy over a move Washington sees as essential to outwitting al Qaeda and other extremist groups. In Britain — where the Christmas and New Year global aviation scare has already grounded flights to Saudi Arabia and Washington — another jet was delayed overnight as protracted security checks could not be completed in time for takeoff. Full Story

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