When you board a commercial flight, there’s a chance the person seated next you is an undercover air marshal.
The undercover federal agents, who work in teams and number in the thousands, pose as ordinary passengers but are trained to respond to the worst-case scenarios on an aircraft, as “Power Players” saw first-hand during a visit to Federal Air Marshal’s training center on the East Coast.
One of the most emphasized aspects of their training is how to respond to a terrorist assault on board a plane. In one role-playing scenario we witnessed, a terrorist pulled a knife on a flight attendant while a second terrorist began attacking passengers. The two designated air marshals in-training sprang into action, opened fire on the terrorists and neutralized the threat.
“It's very challenging in in terms of movement,” Federal Air Marshal Instructor Randy Parkes said of training to operate on a plane. “We do a lot of training in the simulators in the aircraft where our peopleRead More »from Eyes in the sky: Inside the undercover world of U.S. air marshals safeguarding you when you fly