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Yes, quite sensible: those appearing intoxicated must be asked to breathalyse so that they aren’t allowed on to the aircraft if they are over a certain limit. Although, this would not stop a terrorist from boarding.It would merely keep the drunkards off.
The only effective way to prevent onboard terrorism is a ‘three-step’ approach:
1)Tighter visa regulations for people from the 14 countries that are “of interest”.
Tighter visa regulations for people from those 14 countries who have spent time in the UK, i.e. as students.
2) More thorough security screening at check-in? This is where the presence of well-trained counter-terroroism/intelligence staff would be helpful as they could monitor and detect any potential miscreants.
4) Air Marshalls on board, as a last line of defence.

No system is perfect, except perhaps El Al’s.
I wonder how those of you who are currently vehemently against Air Marshalls will feel if, one day, your friends/family are victims of terrorism on board. They used to say a ‘Lefty’ is someone who hasn’t been mugged yet. To paraphrase, in this day and age a ‘Lefty’ is someone who hasn’t been hijacked, be it on the ground, in the air, or on the sea.

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