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Monday, August 09, 2004

2 Air Marshals Removed From Cleveland Flight For Violating Dress Code

August 9, 2004
Some federal air marshals complain that rigid dress codes and grooming rules have made them easy to spot. "It's a joke," one air marshal, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Plain Dealer.

For months, marshals have been trying to get the dress code rules relaxed because they say their formal dress makes them stick out, not blend in. "You can't go out on Southwest Airlines on a weekend in a business suit," said John Amat, a spokesman for the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association. "It just doesn't cut it."

Amat and air marshals say if the casual traveler can spot an air marshal, so could a potential terrorist. The biggest fear among some air marshals is that terrorists will specifically target them and use their weapons to hijack a plane. Federal officials vigorously defend the dress code and say the complaining marshals are exaggerating the issue. ...

The issue took on renewed urgency last month, when two marshals were removed from a Southwest Airlines flight leaving Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, after a supervisor saw them improperly dressed. Their sport coats were not visible, the newspaper reported, citing law enforcement sources familiar with the incident. The marshals were not replaced on the flight, the sources said. ... FR Reprint.


Blogger The Comedian said...

Makes you wonder if any of these damned federal supervisors have half as much street sense as a rookie beat cop.

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