Mexico City, Mexico — According to new documents, Mexico and the United States are considering adding armed federal air marshals on commercial cross-border flights.
Armed US air officials could be placed on cross-border commercial flights between Mexico and the United States as a country effort to strengthen security ties with its neighbor.
This is reported from a Mexican document seen by Reuters news agency and a Mexican official.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) acknowledged that it is evaluating the US proposal, however, they emphasized that no agreement has yet been reached.
The document reveals that at a meeting on January 18 at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, officials from both countries agreed to “study the convenience of negotiating an agreement for the deployment of Federal Air Marshals on commercial flights,” according to an official Mexican document obtained by Reuters.
The document also showed that Mexico and the United States have agreed “to identify specific transnational criminal organizations, map their business models in both countries and design a joint operational strategy to combat them.”
The Mexican official who is familiar with the plan indicated that the most difficult part of the negotiations would focus on allowing US agents to carry weapons, since the use of them by foreigners in Mexico is a sensitive issue and is strictly regulated.
It has not been decided if the air bailiffs would travel only on flights to the United States, on flights to Mexico or both.
Thomas Kelly, U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service spokesman declined to comment on the proposed agreement saying only that air marshals “are armed Federal Law Enforcement Officers with the mission of in-flight protection of U.S.-flagged aircraft, crew members and passengers.”
The Mexican official noted that there is no set date for when the agreement might be struck, or come into effect.