The following quote is taken from a U.S. Government report on air marshalls, released a couple of days ago.
Between February and October 2002, there were 753 documented reports of sleeping on duty, lying, testing positive for alcohol or illegal drugs while on the job or losing weapons, the report said. In many cases, air marshals were suspended with pay.
And these are only the ones that were caught.
Does anyone still think it's a good idea to have them on board aircraft?
2nd Sep 2004, 21:54
Sleeping while on duty I cant condone.
Testing positive for prohibited substances and lying while 'on the job' is just part of life. :E
Isn't it? :confused:
2nd Sep 2004, 21:55
What about the Lipstick-AirMarshall a while back who put her pistol on the sink next to her handbag in the lady's room while she touched up her mascara then left it there and went "to work"...
Men would never leave a gun behind, men love guns too much to do something so mind-blowingly stupid as that.
And there it is, this is why everyone would've been better off if she'd been back in her home making sure the kids were fed and hubby had dinner on the table after a hard day.
3rd Sep 2004, 00:17
Men do leave guns behind I promise you.
Er shouldn't this be titled 'Sky martials' rather than 'Air Marshals'?
3rd Sep 2004, 00:24
I don't really think so. The minute a man (or men) gets up from his seat, and looks like he even has a slight hostile intention, you would have every single guy in the cabin on him in 5 seconds flat. However, if he has a weapon or such that he managed to get on, then passengers may keep their seats. This is where the marshal could come in handy... stick that pistol(?) between the seats, squeeze the trigger, anddddd bang! -1 conscious "passenger".
3rd Sep 2004, 00:51
Our country has only one Air Marshal, but 5 Air Vice-Marshals. I wouldn't let any of them have a gun!
Onan the Clumsy
3rd Sep 2004, 00:54
What about a pointed stick?
3rd Sep 2004, 01:17
Sky Marshals are preferable to arming the pilots IMHO
3rd Sep 2004, 04:37
Well have they actually prevented anything yet ?
I guess that we don't really know because we are not supposed to know that they are there.
3rd Sep 2004, 08:52
I really thought that this thread was about the heirarchy of the Royal Air Force.
Mind you, none of the felonies mentioned apply to them - they're all asleep at the wheel:*
Never seen a sky marshall "at work" - don't think I'd want to either!:rolleyes:
Onan the Clumsy
3rd Sep 2004, 14:36
They're easy to spot. They wear a big gold star with SM written on it.
3rd Sep 2004, 14:52
What's interesting to me is that between February and October 2002, there were not 753 documented incidents of commercial aircraft being hijacked.
I say keep em.