The Federal Air Marshal service may be the least effective law enforcement agency in the country – by far. There have been more air marshals arrested than people arrested by air marshals, and they cost about $200 million per arrest (not even conviction).
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 (Godfather style). 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.
But all of these incidents only demonstrated incompetence or harmed a limited number of people. Now it turns out the federal government has ordered air marshals who may have Covid-19 to stay on the job while awaiting test results. Nearly 100 air marshals have been confirmed positive and at least one turned out to be a super-spreader.
According to internal emails, air marshals were told over the summer to ignore quarantine travel restrictions imposed at various times by states like Texas, Florida and New York.
Two air marshals based in different cities told Yahoo News that over the summer they’d both been put on missions — assigned flights — while they were waiting for their test to come back or after failed attempts to get tested. In both instances, the air marshals met up with colleagues in different cities, spending extended amounts of time with those teams, who later tested positive and then infected others in their hometowns.
“I was a superspreader, it pains me to say, but that’s what I was,” one air marshal who became infected with COVID-19 told Yahoo News.
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There have been thousands of cases of air marshal misconduct, and nothing has been done. Now air marshals are literally making travel less safe.