Grounding the Air Marshals

What's worse than sitting in a cramped airline seat for a six-hour flight across the country? Having to stay awake and alert the whole time. That's the job of the nation's several thousand federal air marshals (FAMs), a force of highly trained security officers who travel incognito on selected flights to look out for possible trouble. Though the number of FAMs has increased dramatically since Sept. 11, 2001, the exhausting and often boring job is causing morale problems. In response, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is about to take some agents off airplanes and reassign them to surveillance duty in airport...

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