USA Today: Skill level of new air marshals in doubt [OOPS! 10 year old article]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I think we overlooked this when it was first published. With lower standards and less training, they'll be a good fit for the DHS collection of abusive adolescents masquerading as federal law enforcement officers.

    USA Today (23 May 2012): Skill level of new air marshals in doubt
     
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Those wouldn't be the first (or last) standards that have been lowered.
     
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    During a Senate hearing Tuesday, Transportation Security Administration head John Magaw cited the expertise of marshals in explaining his opposition to allowing pilots to carry guns. "The use of firearms aboard a U.S. aircraft must be limited to those thoroughly trained members of law enforcement," he said.

    But TSA officials acknowledged Thursday that they no longer require applicants to pass the more difficult shooting test that some argue was the program's critical requirement. The government considers the marshals, who fly incognito, a critical deterrent to hijackings.

    This is not inconsistent at all. Pilots can be personally sued, unlike government agents, so they have more rigorous marksmanship standards. The TSA agents, like DHS border patrol agents, need only be capable of shooting someone in the back at close range. Their lowered standards, therefore, are eminently reasonable.
     
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The way I see it lowering the standards for Air Marshalss make them a better fit for their agency and other coworkers in TSA.

    The problem is getting shot while in a plane by friendly fire.
     
  5. saulblum

    saulblum Original Member

  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Becky Akers must have a good memory.

    I got this out of one of her LRC blog posts today, didn't notice the date was ten years past.

    Have they improved at all?
     

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