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New report criticises lack of anonymity for air marshals.

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A draft report by the House Judiciary Committee entitled 'Plane Clothes: Lack of Anonymity at the Federal Air Marshal Service Compromises Aviation and National Security' has stated that further measures need to be taken to ensure that federal air marshals in the US remain anonymous.

The report, which is to be examined by Congress next week, says that the service's dress code may actually be drawing attention to air marshals due to its rigid requirements.

In addition the report also faults the service for requiring marshals to stay at designated hotels and show their credentials upon checking in, The Associated Press reported.

According to the committee, the investigation was initiated in May 2004 and interviewed 30 federal air marshals across the US.

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