Should Federal Air Marshals Sit in the Economy Class Cabin?

For years, federal air marshals in the United States almost always fly in the premium class cabin at no cost while on the job. However, airlines are starting to want to change this policy, as they are denied possible last-minute revenue because they cannot sell the premium class seats at the last minute because they are occupied by the air marshals.

As Airlines Want to Bump Air Marshals to Coach, some FlyerTalk members consider this practice by the federal government as stealing from the airlines. One airline reportedly was confronted by a half-dozen air marshals who demanded premium class seats but the airline refused and would rather cancel the flight than kick its customers out of their premium class seats. Additionally, this policy is also unfair to those passengers who paid for a premium class seat but must be relegated to the economy class cabin.

One proposed solution is to require the air marshals to sit in the very last row of an aircraft so that they would have full view of the entire aircraft.

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  • Damien at 8:18am October 01, 2010

    Wow, I had no idea all the air marshals were put in such a small, predictable location. Now, all anyone with a fuse sticking out of his shoe or underpants needs to do is sit somewhere in the middle of the cattle herd to be sure to escape any close scrutiny.

    And SIX marshals on one flight? What the hell is that for, some kind of show-down at 26E just after the plane gets to 33 thousand feet? If the cops ever think they need six officers on a flight to keep it safe, the airline had better warn its passengers ahead of time that the airport security is so very, very bad…

  • Damien at 8:18am October 01, 2010

    Wow, I had no idea all the air marshals were put in such a small, predictable location. Now, all anyone with a fuse sticking out of his shoe or underpants needs to do is sit somewhere in the middle of the cattle herd to be sure to escape any close scrutiny.

    And SIX marshals on one flight? What the hell is that for, some kind of show-down at 26E just after the plane gets to 33 thousand feet? If the cops ever think they need six officers on a flight to keep it safe, the airline had better warn its passengers ahead of time that the airport security is so very, very bad…

  • Someone Who Knows Better at 3:22pm November 17, 2010

    You need to realize that a situation dictates the tactics used. Not all Air Marshals sit in first class. And they don’t sit there all the time.
    Depending on the current threat posture positions and tactics are fluid.
    Also, discussing where counter terriorism operators are positioned is only providing information to our enemies. Let the pros who know make the decisions. The marshals are not telling the pilot how to fly the plane so the airlines don’t need to start trying to make tactical decisions. Remember every one of those guys and gals is up there for your safety, not to enjoy a first class seat. They are there because they care about you and your family and this great country.

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