And the TSA is staffed by morons. Even better, they’re morons with a blog, where they can flaunt their moronicity with pride!
Get this, they did a piece aiming at disproving that there was a shortage of air marshalls, but apparently, they gave out what could be considered “sensative information” in the blog by mistake. How do I know this? Because not only did they say, in a later correction, that it was “not appropriate,” but they also said what that information was!
The Spin-to-English translation can only work in one of two ways:
A.) The information he gave out is considered classified and thus shouldn’t never have been made public.
B.) The actual percentage is, in fact, not in the double digits, and in reality is only in the single digits. Which would mean that as many as 99% of the flights which coud be considered “highest risk” are unprotected.
I have given them the benefit of the doubt and gone with the least stupid possibility. How fucking dumb can you be? They have basically said, “The information we gave you, yesterday, which was that the percentage of flights protected was in the double digits, is classified, and thus we can’t tell you that.” The smart thing to do would be just to keep your fucking mouth shut about what it was that you just said.
And then there’s this! Ladies, you had better rethink those genital piercings!
In 2005, there were approximately 30,000 commercial flights per day in the US. The Christian Science Monitor got a number of air marshals from two sources that same year at 1900-2100, not counting those grounded for illness, vacations, etc. And they work in teams, not individually.