The Observer has revealed an internal British Airways (BA) memo which shows that the airline opposes the government initiative to put armed guards on flights. Last night, BA refused to use them on flights.
Mike Street, BA's operations director, wrote "If there is security information about a particular flight that gives us cause for concern, then we will not operate that flight." Sky marshals would only be used regarding specific warnings.
The British Airways Line Pilots Association also opposes sky marshals. Their spokesman says: "If you're told there's a perceived risk, you're not going to run it. No one in their right mind would say "Don't worry, we'll put sky marshals aboard it."'