Jamaica signs revised Air Marshal Agreement with the United States

The Governments of Jamaica and the United States (US) have revised the authorisation process for the Air Marshal Agreement, which deals with foreign in-flight security officers on overnight flights or grounded emergencies.

Dr Horace Chang, the Minister of National Security

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang and US Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia, signed the amended agreement during a ceremony at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James on Friday.

Chang said the amendments will strengthen the security and safety of persons on board chartered and scheduled flights in both jurisdictions, as well as facilitate US federal air marshals on short notice missions to Jamaica. 

He said the agreement provides the added reassurance that “air marshals can and will respond quickly to ensure the safety of all persons on board an aircraft.” 

He said the pact ensures an added layer of defence as the country strengthens its own national security capacity.