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

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The Quiet Skies program saw armed air marshals following passengers around airports and onto commercial flights, recording their behaviors in the process. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The TSA Is Scaling Back a Controversial Program That Monitored Everyday People," 18 Dec. 2018 Indeed, the same could be said for the entire air marshal service. John Mueller, Vox, "Airline terrorist attacks are extremely rare. It’s one reason TSA’s Quiet Skies program is a waste of money.," 4 Aug. 2018 When a person is placed on the list, a team of air marshals is placed on the person’s next flight, according to the Globe, and the team receives a list of personal information about the target. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Air marshals have secretly monitored US passengers for years, report says," 31 July 2018 As Megan, the hit comedy's wildly inappropriate sister of the groom, McCarthy also hilariously seduced an air marshal (played by her real-life husband, Ben Falcone) and walked away with the movie and an Academy Award nomination. David A. Keeps, Good Housekeeping, "Funny Girl: Exclusive Interview with Melissa McCarthy," 6 Nov. 2012 If everything else fails, the air marshal is there to take down anything that may happen. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Terror in the skies: TSA's air marshals are 'last line of defense,' but is the program really needed?," 17 May 2018 There were two federal air marshals among the 178 people onboard the plane, according to ABC. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Washington Man Forced to Pay Delta Airlines and Faces Jail After Causing Emergency Landing," 12 July 2018 Allison said of how many in-flight terror plots have been stopped by air marshals. CBS News, "After scathing report, will federal air marshal program be grounded?," 11 May 2018 Chief Ronny Potts, a former air marshal, patrols schools with the help of three reserve officers. Diane Smith And Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Armed employees or a police force: Which is better for schools?," 4 June 2018

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1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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