The United States' first class of 46 permanent Federal Air Marshalls graduated in Washington on Thursday (23 December).
GV INT. PAN Skymarshalls at ceremony
SV & CU Skymarshalls with camera showing backs of heads
SV Officials on dais
CU Feet & handing of diplomas
LV Receiving ditto
(SEQ 3): "You've been very carefully selected you're mature individuals, you are believed to have mature judgement...that you will apply in the interests of passengers aboard aircraft and in the interests of the airplane itself. There's no doubt in my mind that one day or another you're going to be confronted by a tough situation in which your training is all going to have to be brought into focus, if you're going to met that situation properly and correctly."
(SEQ 6):"I truthfully do not believe that any man coming out of this course will ever be involved in what people term a "shoot-up" If there's any shooting it'll be one shot, and the person will be dead. There won't be any bang-bang back and forth...no "Wild West" games up there in the air."
Initials OJP/JF/SGM/2301 OJP/JF/SGM/2313
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Background: The United States' first class of 46 permanent Federal Air Marshalls graduated in Washington on Thursday (23 December).
The graduates had been hired four weeks earlier and trained to prevent aircraft hijackers. The training course incorporated law, self-defence, and firearms. During the graduation ceremony each Marshall was presented with a 38-calibre revolver. They were anxious not to be recognised, so cameramen ware restricted to mainly rear views.
The graduates will replace government agents who've been riding in airlines as guards since September. The Federal Government is hopeful that a further 2,000 Skymarshalls will be trained within the next year.