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Air Marshal Boss Orders Sweeping Review

The new director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, Dana Brown, has ordered a sweeping review of the agency's operational, safety and management issues.

The service revealed the review one month after an ABC News investigation revealed serious problems that air marshals said had compromised security and safety for marshals and the flying public.

A spokesman, Conan Bruce, said Brown is "aware of the issues" raised in the ABC News report which featured an active duty marshal, Spencer Pickard. Pickard went public to complain about travel and boarding procedures that he said compromised the anonymity of the flying air marshals.

Pickard was "grounded" shortly after the broadcast.

The spokesman said the review was already underway before the ABC News broadcast but that the issues raised by Pickard, and in a critical Congressional report, "will be given due diligence" by 14 working groups composed of working air marshals, supervisors and civilian employees.

Among the issues raised by Pickard were requirements that air marshals identify themselves in front of passengers at security checkpoints and boarding gates.

The spokesman said the first change was put in place earlier this week involving a schedule change to give air marshals more rest time between grueling flight days.

Another change involved the appointment of the new spokesman, Conan Bruce. A previous spokesman said he had been ordered not to comment to ABC News by supervisors at the Department of Homeland Security.
 

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Not knowing the whole story, it would still seem illogical for an agent who is supposed to be working UC to be required to ID himself in front of passengers, would it not? There must be more to this story that initially meets the eye. :?: :smt102
 

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Well, their "dress code" SCREAMS, "LEO". There should be some form of discrete measures to allow an Air Marchall to board without compromising their identity.
 
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