As of today, India puts marshals on flights to SAARC nations and various destinations within the country. India puts sky marshals on a minimum of 1,200 flights a month.
After the United States, Germany and Canada too want to sign agreements with India allowing them to have their own flying marshals on-board flights into and outside the country.
“The reason these countries want India to sign an MoU is because of the threat perception they have about India, which may not be true, but it’s their perception,” said Shakti Lumba, a former pilot and former head of operations at IndiGo.
Former airline pilots say the presence of sky marshals on board gives confidence to the commander of the flight.