TRAVEL SECURITY NEWS UPDATE.

 
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iJET Travel Risk Management has signed a partnership with a Swedish commercial intelligence and security company, Infosphere AB. Infosphere will provide local representation and support for iJET's travel alerts in northern Europe. iJET offers real-time intelligence and travel risk management to corporations and their employees who travel. iJET CEO Bruce McIndoe says, "We're excited to build on the solid footprint we've established internationally. We're very pleased to continue our expansion into Europe."

iJET Travel Risk Management, which delivers real-time travel and security information to corporate travel managers and travelers, is now giving customers mobile access to its emergency response center. Travelers can use the system "virtually" anywhere on the planet via satellite networks, or in more than 150 countries through a cell phone. iJET is using Roadpost Inc. to preprogram each phone to receive itinerary-specific intelligence and to open a direct line, if needed, with iJET's 24-hour response center. Cell phone users will see travel alerts and be able to communicate in the event of an emergency.

Armed air marshals will begin boarding Qantas flights between Australia and Singapore within days and flights to the United States could be added to the list early next year, the Australian government said Dec. 26 2003.

UK Transport Secretary Alistair Darling said a "gold standard" protocol governing the use of sky marshals will be drawn up to address the opposition to armed security on flights to the US. He called for urgent submissions from the aviation industry after a meeting with the British Airline Pilots Assn. the week of Jan. 6 2004. He added that he will "take a lead across Europe" on the issue despite differing views. The governments of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Portugal have rejected US demands for armed marshals, but France and Germany said they have been carrying them for some time. BALPA stated that although it has "secured procedures with one operator [Virgin Atlantic], it wanted an 'industry standard,'" and if possible international standards. "BALPA believes the international consensus is needed to improve security, not unilateral action by one state irrespective of the cultures, traditions and security record of others," it said in a statement on its website. It reiterated its view that it does "not support armed sky marshals although, as professionals, we will work to make their deployment as risk-free as possible.

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