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Israel's airline El Al has armed marshals on each flight. Now US govt wants the same after recent threats to US airlines. 

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US wants armed marshals on its Thailand flights

14 Mar 2013
Boonsong Kositchotethana

US authorities want to put air marshals on American-flagged airlines operating through Thailand in the wake of security threats.

Washington has sought permission to do so from top-level Thai officials who reportedly are still considering the matter, according to a source in Bangkok who requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the issue.

The allowance, if granted, will apply chiefly to two US airlines operating frequent flights between Bangkok and US territory. The pair - United and Delta - are perceived to be direct targets of anti-US elements.

Thai authorities in the past have secretly allowed Israel and Australia to place air marshals - defined as armed undercover law-enforcement officers assigned to prevent and interdict air piracy and acts of terrorism involving commercial aircraft - on El Al and Qantas flights through Bangkok.

It could not be confirmed whether airlines of other countries considered US allies and operating through Bangkok such as British Airways and Lufthansa have deployed air marshals on Thai flights.

But El Al, which operates flights between Thailand and Israel, makes no secret of the fact that it puts two air marshals on each flight, living up to its slogan of "Flying to Israel with Security and Ease."

Industry observers say the security threat against US interests remains strong even after the death of Osama bin Laden, with Thailand still seen as a staging ground for terrorism.

United and Delta maintain their own passenger-screening and baggage facilities at Suvarnabhumi in addition to the normal security procedures provided by the airport.

"Having air marshals on board US airlines is an added security measure in the same way as Israel does for El Al," said one veteran Thai pilot.

He said the US has a legitimate right to deploy air marshals on US-registered planes, whose cabins are technically regarded as US territory under that country's jurisdiction

The number of air marshals - referred to as sky marshals in the US - is estimated in the thousands, a quantum leap from about 30 before the al-Qaeda attacks of Sept 11, 2001.

Air marshals have been on US planes for more than 40 years, but the ranks have risen with the growing threat of hijacking.

In this region, India also puts air marshals on Indian airline flights, but only in times of heightened security.

(Source: Bangkok Post, AVIATION, US wants armed marshals on its Thailand flights, 14 Mar 2013, Boonsong Kositchotethana, link


Aviation Sector Vocabulary
 
aviation - the flying of aircraft การบิน science of flying aircraft ศิลปและศาสตร์ในการบิน (See Wikipedia)

armed - carrying guns or other weapons ติดอาวุธ
marshal - a government officer with the job of making sure the laws are obeyed  ตำรวจ, พนักงานเจ้าหน้าที่, พนักงานปกครอง
armed
marshals

air marshal - police officers on airplanes: "an armed undercover law-enforcement officers assigned to prevent and interdict air piracy and acts of terrorism involving commercial aircraft" (See Wikipedia)
sky marshal
- Same as "air marshal" in the US

Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) - a United States federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): "the Air Marshal Service is meant to promote confidence in civil aviation by effectively deploying federal air marshals (FAMs) to detect, deter, and defeat hostile acts targeting the United States... They rank among those Federal law enforcement officers that hold the highest standard for handgun accuracy. A FAM's job is to blend in with other passengers on board aircraft and rely heavily on their training, including investigative techniques, criminal terrorist behavior recognition, firearms proficiency, aircraft specific tactics, and close quarters self-defense measures to protect the flying public" (See Wikipedia)

flight - a journey or traveling by airplane from one place to another place เที่ยวบิน
Thailand flights

US wants armed marshals on its Thailand flights

authorities - government officials; the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)
US authorities

security - safety; the activity of making safe or protecting from harm ความปลอดภัย
security threat
security measure

heightened security - increased security, more activities when there is some danger to prevent harm
times of heightened security

in the wake of - after some big important event happens
in the wake of security threats

American-flagged airlines - airlines that are companies in the US

US authorities want to put air marshals on American-flagged airlines operating through Thailand in the wake of security threats.

matter - a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน; something that you are discussing, considering or dealing with สิ่งที่พูดถึง ประเด็นที่พูดถึง
considering the matter
officials are still considering the matter

reportedly
officials are reportedly still considering the
matter

anonymity - when someone's name is not given or known การไม่ระบุชื่อ
request anonymity

source - someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
a source who requested anonymity

sensitive - needed to be dealt with very carefully to not cause anger or offence ที่ละเอียดอ่อน
nature - the basic quality of something ลักษณะที่แท้จริงของสิ่งต่างๆ  ธรรมชาติของสิ่งต่างๆ
sensitive nature

issue - a problem that needs to be considered; a subject that people discuss or argue about ประเด็น
the sensitive nature of the issue

permission - allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
seek permission
sought permission
sought permission to do so

Washington has sought permission to do so from top-level Thai officials who reportedly are still considering the matter, according to a source in Bangkok who requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the issue.

allowance - to allow or permit something (when the govt says someone can do something)
grant - officially give ให ้
grant allowance

territory - land which is considered as belonging to or connected with a particular country or person ดินแดน an area of land controlled by a particular country, leader or army อาณาบริเวณ อาณาเขตประเทศ
US territory

frequent - happening often เกิดขึ้นบ่อย
frequent flights
frequent flights between Bangkok and US territory

elements - sets or groups of people องค์ประกอบ
anti-US elements - groups and people who are against the US (consider the US as an enemy)

targets - goals or levels you plan to achieve
direct targets
direct targets of anti-US elements

perceive - feel that or have the opinion that something is true .... 
perceived to be ...
perceived to be direct targets of anti-US elements

apply - to make use of something นำมาใช้
apply to... - will be used for ... 
apply chiefly to -
apply mainly to

The allowance, if granted, will apply chiefly to two US airlines operating frequent flights between Bangkok and US territory. The pair - United and Delta - are perceived to be direct targets of anti-US elements.

law enforcement - making sure a law is obeyed and punishing people if it is not obeyed บังคับใช้กฎหมาย
law-enforcement officers

undercover - working secretly using a false appearance in order to get information for the police or government ลึกลับ, ลี้ลับ, ทำอย่างลับ
undercover law-enforcement officers

armed - carrying guns or other weapons ติดอาวุธ
armed undercover law-enforcement officers

piracy - an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea or in the air (See Wikipedia)
air piracy - Same as "air hijacking"

acts - actions การกระทำ
terrorism - the use of violence to achieve political aims การใช้ความรุนแรงเพื่อข้อเรียกร้องทางการเมือง
commercial - for business purposes

Thai authorities in the past have secretly allowed Israel and Australia to place air marshals - defined as armed undercover law-enforcement officers assigned to prevent and interdict air piracy and acts of terrorism involving commercial aircraft - on El Al and Qantas flights through Bangkok.

allies - countries or people who work together (to achieve common goals and help each other) ประเทศพันธมิตร ชาติพันธมิตร   กลุ่มผู้สนับสนุน ผู้ให้การสนับสนุน
US allies

deploy - prepare a resource so that it is ready to be used
deploy air marshals

confirmed - said that a claim is true, verified
It could not be confirmed whether ...

It could not be confirmed whether airlines of other countries considered US allies and operating through Bangkok such as British Airways and Lufthansa have deployed air marshals on Thai flights.

makes no secret of the fact that - makes information available to the public (is no secret)

slogan
- a short easily remembered phrase, especially one used to advertise an idea or a product สโลแกน
the slogan: "Flying to Israel with Security and Ease"

living up to .... - doing or achieving what they say they do in the slogan 
living up to its slogan 

But El Al, which operates flights between Thailand and Israel, makes no secret of the fact that it puts two air marshals on each flight, living up to its slogan of "Flying to Israel with Security and Ease."

industry observers - experts who study an industry and explain it to others (such as professors at universities or private consultants)

interests - connections that you may benefit from, therefore affects your attitude to it and the way you deal with things
US interests

threat - a danger อันตราย
security threat
the security threat against US interests

Industry observers say the security threat against US interests remains strong even after the death of Osama bin Laden, with Thailand still seen as a staging ground for terrorism.

screening - checking for problems before accepting, checking for problems, safety, or suitability
passenger-screening

baggage - luggage; all the cases and bags that you take with you when you travel กระเป๋าเดินทาง
facilities - the buildings, equipment and services provided for a particular purpose สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก
baggage facilities

maintain - to keep รักษา

United and Delta maintain their own passenger-screening and baggage facilities at Suvarnabhumi in addition to the normal security procedures provided by the airport.

board - to get onto a ship, aircraft, train, or bus ขึ้น(เรือ รถเมล์ รถไฟ เครื่องบิน)
on board - being on an airplane, ship, train, etc
air marshals on board US airlines

measure - an action taken to solve a particular problem มาตรการ
security measure

veteran - a person who has a lot of experience in a particular area or activity ผู้อาวุโส
a veteran pilot

"Having air marshals on board US airlines is an added security measure in the same way as Israel does for El Al," said one veteran Thai pilot.

deploy - to put in place ready for use นำมาใช้ to put into position and use การนำ (กำลังเจ้าหน้าที่) ลงประจำท้องที่ (of soldiers, police, etc.) to put in place ready for action ส่งทหารตำรวจเข้าประจำการ
deploy air marshals on planes

registered - officially recorded with the government (and given permission to operate)
US-registered planes

legitimate - 1. correct according to the law ที่ถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย; 2. reasonable and acceptable ถูกต้องสมควร
the US has a legitimate right to deploy air marshals on US-registered planes

cabin (of an airplane)
the cabins of US planes

technically - according to an exact understanding of rules, facts, etc.
technically regarded as
technically regarded as US territory

jurisdiction - the power and authority within an area to enforce laws
under that country's jurisdiction

the cabins of US planes are technically regarded as US territory under that country's jurisdiction.

He said the US has a legitimate right to deploy air marshals on US-registered planes, whose cabins are technically regarded as US territory under that country's jurisdiction.

leap - to make a large jump or sudden movement, usually from one place to another กระโดด
a quantum leap - a very large increase in something

The number of air marshals - referred to as sky marshals in the US - is estimated in the thousands, a quantum leap from about 30 before the al-Qaeda attacks of Sept 11, 2001.

the ranks - all the people doing a certain kind of job or members of some group 
the ranks have risen - the number of people in this group or job have increased

hijacking - the illegal takeover of an airplane or other vehicle or ship using violence or threats (See Wikipedia)
aircraft hijacking
- (See Wikipedia)
the growing threat of hijacking

Air marshals have been on US planes for more than 40 years, but the ranks have risen with the growing threat of hijacking.

in times of heightened security
In this region, India also puts air marshals on Indian airline flights, but only in times of heightened security.

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