A federal air marshal fired after revealing the government was cutting back air marshal coverage at a time of heightened hijacking concern has lost a major battle in his fight to reclaim his job. In 2003, federal air marshal Robert MacLean tipped off MSNBC reporter that the TSA was temporarily suspending missions that would require marshals to stay in hotels, which took them off coast-to-coast or overseas flights, just days after air marshals were briefed about a new "potential plot” to hijack U.S. airliners.

A federal air marshal fired after revealing the government was cutting back air marshal coverage at a time of heightened hijacking concern has lost a major battle in his fight to reclaim his job. In 2003, federal air marshal Robert MacLean tipped off MSNBC reporter that the TSA was temporarily suspending missions that would require marshals to stay in hotels, which took them off coast-to-coast or overseas flights, just days after air marshals were briefed about a new “potential plot” to hijack U.S. airliners. The reason behind the cutback was because it was running out of money at the end of the fiscal year. This week, a federal panel upheld the decision by an administrative judge, stating the Transportation Security Administration’s decision to fire Robert MacLean was legal and “did not exceed the bounds of reasonableness.”  Full article.

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