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Parliament to vote on Hungary-US air marshal agreement

Hungary's minister for the interior on Friday submitted an urgent bill to parliament on introducing air marshals on flights between Hungary and the US as part of an agreement between the two countries.

Sándor Pintér asked lawmakers to hold a vote on the bill during the week starting April 26. During a meeting of the American and Hungarian home ministers on Wednesday, the two countries signed an agreement on the introduction of air marshals, which allows "armed law enforcement escorts" on commercial aircraft operating between Hungary and the US, parliament's website said.

The armed escorts will not fly on Hungarian-registered aircraft in the medium term, it added. On April 6, American Airlines started operating direct flights between New York and Budapest as part of a code-sharing agreement with Malév. Delta will start a similar service in cooperation with KLM from June.