We’ve all long suspected it, now it’s become public that air marshal flight schedules get changed to accommodate affairs they’re having or cities they’d like to travel to for free.
“I think she put the offer out to quite a few (federal air marshals) and managers, literally acting like a travel agent,” retired air marshal Sonya Hightower told Reveal. “I think a lot of people were aware she was doing some of these things, but no one wants to comment on it. If everybody’s getting hooked up, nobody’s going to say anything.”
Now, more than 60 government employees are under investigation as officials find if at-risk flights were left without air marshals. …D’Antonio looked up “personnel files, identification photographs and flight schedules to pinpoint air marshals she was interested in meeting and possibly dating.”
This is being reported as a scandal because it ‘made air transportation less safe’ — assuming that air marshals needed to be on flights to protect those specific flights, and that they’d have been capable of protecting the flights if indeed it was necessary. Thus, by removing themselves from the important flights in favor of going where they wanted for personal reasons, travel was made less safe.
Reports don’t point out that:
- No problems arose on the flights air marshals were re-scheduled off of
- No air marshal has ever stopped a terrorist (since the service’s founding in 1962)
- Although they did shoot and kill a US citizen in 2005 and have employed several convicted criminals.
One retired air marshal claims there’s insufficient training for them to be effective even if something did happen on a flight they were on.