FIJI’S AIR PACIFIC TO ADD FLIGHT MARSHALS

FIJI’S AIR PACIFIC TO ADD FLIGHT MARSHALS

By Otilly Rabuku

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Dec. 31) - Fiji’s national airline, Air Pacific, is offering security training for its flight staff, in response to a growing global terrorism threat.

Air Pacific acting chief executive officer, Josephine Yee Joy, remained tight-lipped on the issue but confirmed its flight crews had undergone aviation security training.

The FijiSUN also understands that the airline plans to hire three sky marshals from Australia who will provide security training to the cabin crew and pilots.

Part of the training includes martial arts, while it is not known if instructions will be given on responses to firearm threats. 

Fiji Military Forces spokesman, Warrant Officer Neumi Leweni, said he was not aware of any request to assist in the training.

"If the sky marshals come in, then they would be using dummies instead of live ammunition during training."

Ms Yee Joy pointed out that the airline also had cockpit doors on their aircraft reinforced, as required by the Federal Airlines Authority.

"At Air Pacific, safety is paramount and we comply with the aviation safety and security requirements of the relevant authorities of the countries to which we operate," she added.

December 31, 2003

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