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U.S. STRIKES BACK | IN BRIEF / NATIONWIDE

Most Back Shooting Down Passenger Planes

October 13, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Six in 10 Americans favor giving the U.S. military the authority to shoot down passenger planes hijacked for terrorism, says an Associated Press poll. There is overwhelming public support for armed sky marshals and intensive airport security.

The levels of flying fear appear to be returning to what they were before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

While a majority favors the military shoot-downs, support was considerably lower than the nine in 10 who back placing armed sky marshals on planes and say they're willing to wait in long lines to allow for additional airport security procedures.

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