Making the Sky Secure

Faced with the frustration of dealing with the intractable demands of hijackers, President Reagan began his press conference last week by taking a stern stance on a more tangible issue: the safety of future U.S. air travelers. He called for putting plainclothes guards on U.S. planes flying abroad and advised Americans not to travel through Athens International Airport. Within 24 hours the Senate appropriated $2 million to more than triple the number of marshals (even though many experts question their value) and Pan Am suspended flights to Athens. The measures, though tangential to the current crisis, reflected the rising concern with...

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