There were four air marshals onboard a United flight from London Heathrow to Los Angeles and the flight’s captain smelled alcohol on one of them.
Cops were told he “stank of booze” by the captain of the flight to the US.
The marshal — carrying a concealed loaded weapon — was taken to the airport’s nick and breathalysed.
…Scotland Yard confirmed: “Police were called at 12.25pm on Monday following concerns from the captain that a person trying to board was under the influence of alcohol.
…“He was arrested on suspicion of being over the prescribed limit but released shortly after with no further action.”
The air marshal was released because while he was violating marshal service policy (either by drinking within four hours of the flight or having alcohol in his system while on duty) he hadn’t actually broken UK law.
None of this should be surprising, of course, since the Federal Air Marshal Service is supervised by the TSA, and has a tremendous history of causing more problems than they prevent.
There was the air marshal who sued because he was denied his onboard meal choice, and the one who left his loaded gun in the bathroom. (Another left a handgun in an airplane lavatory, it was discovered by a teenager.)
Then there was the one who pulled his service weapon on two civilians in a parking space dispute at New York JFK.
Liam Neeson in 2014 film “Non-Stop”
They scheduled work assignments to facilitate vacations and sexual trysts. Which is fine because they’re insufficiently trained to do much even if something did happen on their watch.
There was the one who tried to hire a hit man to kill his wife, the one who smuggled cocaine, and the one who sexually abused a young boy.
There have been more air marshals arrested than people arrested by air marshals and we’re spending ~ $200 million per arrest. On the other hand air marshals were arrested 148 times between 2002 and 2012 and there have been over 5000 reported incidents of misconduct.
Air travel is extremely safe despite air marshals not because of them.