Obama Orders Air Marshal Surge by Feb. 1: ‘Race Against Time’

U.S. Fears More Airplane Bombers Are in the Terrorist Pipeline

by Anna Schecter and Brian Ross
ABC News
January 6, 2010

President Barack Obama has ordered a “surge” of federal air marshals to be in place by Feb.1 in what officials said was a “race against time,” with other suicide bombers believed to be in the terrorist pipeline, although there is no specific imminent threat, federal officials told ABC News.

Under a preliminary plan, the officials said the already existing federal air marshal force of more than 3,200 personnel would be deployed almost exclusively to overseas flights flown by U.S. carriers.

Domestic high-risk flights will be covered by agents from other federal law enforcement agencies who were trained as air marshals in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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