EU: Armed sky marshals by the back-door?

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A Regulation being discussed in the EU would allow weapons to be carried by "caib or flight crew" and/or "in-flight security officers" in "accordance with their national laws". The euphemism "national laws" is always singularly uninformative as we are never told which "national laws" would alllow this. Under the Prum Treaty 15 EU states will be allowed to have armed "sky marshals" but 12 EU states will not. So a flight between the 15 may have weapons on-board but not those to flights outside the 15?

"Who wants to fly on a plane where anyone is carrying a gun? What are their rules of engagement - according to "national laws"?" comments Tony Bunyan, Statewatch editor.

European Parliament Transport Committee report (going before plenary)
European Parliament press release
European Commission proposal
The Council's Common Poosition

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