On Monday (November 28), the Director of the Air Marshall National Council, Sonia Labosco, warned that air travel was becoming unsafe as air marshalls get diverted to the U.S.-Mexico border.
In an appearance on “Fox & Friends First,” Labosco urged the Biden administration to stop sending air marshalls to the border and instead return them to commercial flights.
She relayed that air marshalls were now on fewer than 1 percent of commercial flights, describing the deviation to ground-based duties as being “decimated” and “depleted.”
Labosco also lamented that deviating air marshalls to the southern border was “demolishing our chances at stopping another 9/11.”
She added that Americans have a sense of security, thinking they’re in the presence of an air marshall when on a commercial flight, but explained that in most instances, that wouldn’t be the case.
Labosco explained air marshalls were “torn” between helping at the southern border and carrying out the duties they were trained for, noting “they have a humanitarian heart.”
She continued, relaying that air marshalls could “empathize” with what is occurring at the U.S.-Mexico Border, but that didn’t “take away” air marshalls’ responsibilities to protect those flying.
During her appearance, Labosco noted she hadn’t heard back from the Biden administration regarding the concerns she’d raised.
She explained that just over the weekend the Air Marshal National Council wrote the Biden administration again after one level four and two level three incidents.
She described a level four incident as one where a passenger attempts to broach the cockpit, while a level three is a life-threatening situation for a passenger.
Labosco noted that in one level three incident, “An individual had a straight razor to a passenger’s throat.”