EU To Discuss Guns Aloft

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The heads of aviation agencies in the European Union are scheduled to meet Friday in Brussels to discuss the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that foreign airlines will be required to place armed law-enforcement officers on flights to the United States "where necessary." Michael O'Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, spoke out against the practice last Friday. "Putting armed air marshals on airplanes isn't going to make an airplane more secure, it's going to make it less secure," he said. "The fewer guns there are, the safer the situation is." Apparently, some U.S. officials differ with that assessment. Ryanair, based in Ireland, is Europe's leading low-cost carrier. It has no flights into the U.S. So far, the governments of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, and South Africa have not agreed to the U.S. request, but France, Germany and Canada say they are OK with it.