The leader of an Air Marshals association condemned the Biden administration Monday for deploying them to the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing that the mission is compromising air travel security.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been asking federal agencies to send personnel to the border for months; the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) executive assistant administrator, Tirrell Stevenson, and Federal Air Marshals Service recently told personnel that the border deployment may become “operationally necessary to assign,” according to Government Executive, citing an internal email.
“We have been decimated. We have been depleted. We’re on less than 1% of flights. These ground-based duties that they’re pulling us out of the sky to go to the border are just demolishing our chances at stopping another 9/11,” Labosco said.