September 13, 2011

Fired Air Marshal Loses Battle in Job Fight

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.