- A federal air marshal was fired and faces a felony assault charge after a June 8 incident in which police say he pulled his service weapon on two civilians during a parking space dispute at JFK International Airport in New York. The incident comes amid reports that more than 100 marshals have either left their jobs or been pulled from flight status and placed on paid administrative leave due to problems with the background investigations needed for their top secret security clearances.
And yet the TSA laughably responded,
- “every air marshal understands how important it is that the traveling public have absolute confidence in their ability to defend the skies in a split second at 30,000 feet without backup. That is why marshals are held to the highest possible standard of performance and conduct both on and off duty.”