air marshal

noun

Definition of air marshal

1 : a commissioned officer in the British air force who ranks with a lieutenant general in the army
2 : an armed federal officer in plain clothes who is assigned to prevent skyjackings : sky marshal

Examples of air marshal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 9/11 attacks saw changes inside the airplane too, with cockpits being sealed and locked to prevent passengers from entering and an increase of air marshals on flights. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "Jeb Bush shames ‘irate passengers’ complaining about airport security on 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 King Vajiralongkorn, who attended an Australian military academy, served in the army and holds the ranks of field marshal, admiral and air marshal, is obsessed with military titles, training and hierarchy. The Economist, "Relations between Thailand’s army and king are becoming one-sided," 5 Sep. 2019 An affidavit from a federal air marshal said that Alani tampered with the plane in hopes of obtaining overtime pay. NBC News, "American Airlines mechanic who allegedly sabotaged plane has ISIS ties, prosecutor says," 6 Sep. 2019 Alani, the airline mechanic arrested in Miami, was not on a terrorism or no-fly list, according to an air marshal who testified in federal court this week. David Koenig, Anchorage Daily News, "Charge against Florida airline mechanic highlights ‘insider threat’ to aviation security," 22 Mar. 2016 While crown prince, the king made his pet poodle, since deceased, an air marshal. The Economist, "Relations between Thailand’s army and king are becoming one-sided," 5 Sep. 2019 Two undercover air marshals sat beside them during the flight. The Economist, "Confessions of an Islamic State fighter," 16 Aug. 2019 The investigators also couldn't find supporting evidence that the supervisor under investigation had told air marshals to target African Americans from 2005 to 2010. Mike Schneider, orlandosentinel.com, "Probe finds no bias by TSA supervisor at Orlando International Airport, but profiling concerns," 6 Aug. 2019 The Office of Inspector General launched the investigation a year ago at the request of U.S. lawmakers after three air marshals went public with the discrimination allegations about the supervisor. Mike Schneider, orlandosentinel.com, "Probe finds no bias by TSA supervisor at Orlando International Airport, but profiling concerns," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of air marshal

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Air marshal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20marshal. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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