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Is it safe to fly this Thanksgiving? Air
marshal union chief warns holiday travel
could be 'unsafe' due to shortage of federal
agents on flights after staff were redeployed
to help Border Patrol at southern border

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Posted By: Imright, 11/22/2023 3:37:34 AM

An air marshal union chief has warned it could be 'unsafe' to fly around Thanksgiving due to a lack of federal agents on flights that have instead been diverted to the US southern border. Travel chaos is already in full swing as storms batter the Plains and Midwest, delaying 3,000 flights ahead of Thursday. The Transportation Security Administration expects to screen a record-breaking 30 million passengers from November 17 through November 28. But to further complicate things, the airline industry may face a shortage of air marshals who are being sent to tackle the migrant crisis at the border.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: mifla 11/22/2023 5:03:51 AM (No. 1602955)
The bigger problem is having a vaccinated pilot.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 11/22/2023 6:41:57 AM (No. 1602978)
I am thrilled to hear that following the people who flew to the D.C. area around January 6th is no longer the top priority of the air marshals.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: homefry 11/22/2023 7:23:47 AM (No. 1602991)
God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: BarryNo 11/22/2023 7:30:44 AM (No. 1602995)
Besides they're watching J6ers. Terrorists just have to deal with the lack of attention.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Strike3 11/22/2023 7:55:10 AM (No. 1603023)
I would be more concerned with the numerous chimp-outs that are occurring on board planes and in the terminals. Some people just do not get along well with others, especially when alcohol is involved.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: broken01 11/22/2023 8:07:16 AM (No. 1603035)
I'm in agreement with #5. The real safety issue are the various unruly passengers either at the airport or onboard the flight. I've seen too many videos of such people who just want to "get into it." with airport staff, especially the flight attendants. Today I'll be one of the many Americans across our fruited plain driving over 50 miles to celebrate tomorrow. For those that are traveling please stay safe out there and have a happy Thanksgiving.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: felixcat 11/22/2023 8:40:06 AM (No. 1603058)
TSA - they're still making us take off our shoes because of Richard Reid's attempts to light his explosive shoes. When was this? Over 15 years ago. TSA is still stuck as if it's 2002. The Air Marshals serve a purpose, very limited, but with hardened cockpit doors and a much more pro-active class pf passengers - doubt we will see another 9/11 in terms of hijacked plans. But hey, the TSA Union trying to stay relevant.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: mc squared 11/22/2023 10:09:46 AM (No. 1603102)
#7: We're always fighting against the LAST attack. Until we suffer another different type attack, the TSA will keep examining shoes.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Heil Liberals 11/22/2023 10:29:46 AM (No. 1603117)
I know the solution. Let's create another bureau! A bureau of dedicated flight only air marshals. They cannot be diverted for any reason whatsoever. Oh, that's right. That is what they did back in 2001. Right? How many terrorist attacks have air marshals thwarted? Oh, that's right none. Why? They will tell you it is because the terrorists "never know" and that is what stops them. Fear of a single armed person on a random flight. Feel safe now?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DVC 11/22/2023 10:50:08 AM (No. 1603130)
We avoid flying around the USA these days, way too much of a PITA.
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