Bush seeks armed guards on all flights from Europe

Proposal also asks for information on family members of flyers

President George W. Bush wants armed guards on all planes flying into the United States from Europe, according to a draft document circulating among the European Union’s 27 member states.

According the document leaked to the Guardian, the administration also wants EU states to supply personal data on all air passengers flying over the United States even if they are not landing in America.

Further, the Administration is also demanding that European airlines provide personal data on non-travelers, such as family members who are allowed beyond departure barriers to help the elderly or infirm board jets embarking for America.

Some diplomats have called the proposal blackmail. The US has threatened to require west Europeans and Britons to have US visas to enter if their governments won’t sign on.

But not everyone is biting.

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