Reporters and photographers were invited to watch the training of the first class of 27 sky-marshals at the training centre in Fort Dix, New Jersey, on Saturday (October 10).
GV EXTERIOR..Training Centre
SV INTERIOR..Man address class
MV INTERIOR..aircraft man addresses trainees
SV Trainees do judo exercises
GV PAN...Training Centre
SV General Davis speaks to reporters
LECTURER: "The jet aircraft is rugged, it's built, it's structurally designed to withstand the pressures, the kinds of aerodynamic speeds that are going to be involved in flying at high altitudes over seas. So, the common belief that if an aircraft -- correction -- if a revolver is fired an a bullet is expended through the skin of an aircraft: what will happen is there will be a sudden decompression -- negative, that is not true."
"We want the man aboard the aircraft to be anonymous and we really do. We don't want you to be taking his pictures and have it appear in the newspapers, whether he is firing his weapon or just sitting here talking to one of you. And the idea is that he shall be -- go aboard the aircraft as another passenger, simply as a passenger."
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Background: Reporters and photographers were invited to watch the training of the first class of 27 sky-marshals at the training centre in Fort Dix, New Jersey, on Saturday (October 10). But security was so tight, they saw only stand-ins who went through a simulated lecture and judo-training. The head of the training centre, General Benjamin Davis explained the secrecy.
The reporters who visited the school were originally told that they could only film the marshals from the rear for security reasons, but at the last moment they saw only stand-ins. The stand-ins were, however, the Military Police who will instruct the marshals' instructors. They were given a simulated lecture in an old-fashioned twin-engined aircraft instead of a modern jet:
The instructors gave reporters an exhibition of the judo exercises they teach the sky-marshals. A total of 880 men will take the five-day course. The Chief sky-marshal, General Benjamin Davis, was asked to explain all the secrecy: