air marshal


: a commissioned officer in the British air force who ranks with a lieutenant general in the army
: 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 Jones got up from his seat several times during the flight and made three attempts to go to the front of the plane and open the cockpit door, an air marshal wrote in an affidavit. Rashard Rose, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 The flight was traveling from California to Virginia on March 3, according to an affidavit filed by federal air marshal Thomas G. Pattinson and reviewed by CBS News. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 13 Mar. 2024 The Department of Homeland Security is sending hundreds of specialized investigative agents and air marshals to help manage the border, Reuters reported. Harold Maass, The Week, 9 May 2023 Irizarry, who speaks in a smooth patter that seamlessly switches between English and Spanish, was a federal air marshal and Border Patrol agent before joining the DEA in 2009. Joshua Goodman, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2022 In 2000, an 18-year-old Yashunsky joined Maglan, an elite unit of the Israeli special forces, before entering the Israeli secret service as an air marshal, protecting Israeli civilian flights. Alison Coleman, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 At various points, Taherzadeh also claimed to be a former U.S. air marshal and a former Army Ranger. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2022 Ariel James Pennington, 35, was detained on the aircraft after threatening a flight attendant and physically assaulting a federal air marshal, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Hyeyoon Alyssa Choi, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 He was indicted on two counts of assaulting a flight attendant and a federal air marshal in January of last year. Hyeyoon Alyssa Choi, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of air marshal was in 1919

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“Air marshal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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