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zimv20
Jul 29, 2003, 11:45 PM
link (http://www.msnbc.com/news/945774.asp?vts=072920032005)

on the very same day there're new warnings about hijackings. all to save some hotel bills, apparently.


WASHINGTON, July 29 ó _Despite renewed warnings about possible airline hijackings, the Transportation Security Administration has alerted federal air marshals that as of Friday they will no longer be covering cross-country or international flights, MSNBC.com has learned. The decision to drop coverage on flights that many experts consider to be at the highest risk of attack apparently stems from a policy decision to rework schedules so that air marshals donít have to incur the expense of staying overnight in hotels.

macfan
Jul 29, 2003, 11:51 PM
Why the hell would the TSA release this information? The effectiveness of the air marshall program depends in part on the uncertainty as to which flights are covered. Idiots.

zimv20
Jul 29, 2003, 11:52 PM
Originally posted by macfan
Why the hell would the TSA release this information? The effectiveness of the air marshall program depends in part on the uncertainty as to which flights are covered. Idiots.

perhaps it's to get more funding.

IJ Reilly
Jul 30, 2003, 12:27 AM
Originally posted by macfan
Why the hell would the TSA release this information? The effectiveness of the air marshall program depends in part on the uncertainty as to which flights are covered. Idiots.

I would say the TSA didn't release this information. From the article, it seems fairly clear that some of the air marshals took their gripes to the press. For its part, the TSA had no comment.

zimv20
Jul 30, 2003, 11:40 PM
the plan to cut routes has been reversed.
link (http://www.msnbc.com/news/945774.asp?0cv=CA00&cp1=1)