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Posted on 08/24/2006 5:03:54 PM PDT by blam
Air Marshal Dress Code Changed
Friday August 25, 2006 12:16 AM
By LESLIE MILLER
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Air marshals were told Thursday they will be allowed to dress the way they want and choose their own hotels in order to protect their anonymity while on missions.
Federal Air Marshal Service chief Dana Brown, who has been in the job for five months, said he was changing the rules, starting Sept. 1, after listening to air marshals' concerns.
In a memo to the air marshals, Brown said the dress code was changed to ``allow you to blend in and not direct attention to yourself, as well as be sufficiently functional to enable you to conduct your law enforcement responsibilities.''
Air marshals had complained that Brown's predecessor, Thomas Quinn, insisted on a too-formal dress code that allowed people to pick them out. The marshals said, for example, that being forced to wear a jacket and collared shirt made them stand out on flights to Hawaii.
The dress requirements were loosened in October, but the agency kept details under wraps. The change announced Thursday leaves it up to marshals how each of them dresses for duty.
Air marshals also won an agreement from Brown to let them choose their own hotels ``within economic and related guidelines'' to help keep their identities secret.
Marshals claimed that their undercover status was threatened because they had to stay at designated hotels and show their credentials when checking in.
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Wow. Common sense.
'Bout damn time.
Get ready for the ACLU to bring a lawsuit! ;)
Better keep them out of Holiday Inn Expresses so they don't get to overzealous.
You gotta know that won't be allowed to stand :)
That guy Quinn had a stick up his ass.
Are these guys hired to head up agencies because they are brain-dead or what? Little men make their jobs big! Thank Heaven this one seems to have come around at last!!!
Yeah ... whoda thunk! This coming from management in a tax funded agency ... that actually listened to input from the people tasked to carry out the job. Simply amazing ...
I've watched these guys drill at the local range.
One of my daughter's music fans is an air marshal. He does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (sp). Very nice guy but I wouldn't wanna mess with him.
Quinn was a certified jackass!
Tuxedos are mandatory?
Hopefully they won't all show up dressed like Crockett and Tubbs.
Someone in the government is using common sense. I am utterly blown away.
Next: Arm ALL the pilots.
A recent report to Congress found that the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel in Florida had designated the Federal Air Marshal Service ``company of the month'' because of the number of rooms it had reserved at the hotel.
Boy, the stupidity of our government never ceases to amaze me!
We'll never get to the War on Terror until we get passed this asinine War on Error.
NOW it's a "non-uniform, UNIFORM", i.e., EVERYONE has pressed "casual" FBI tan-chinos, pressed polo shirt, unscuffed docksiders, mirrored sun-glasses, wastebag that screams "SIDEARM..!".
Oh, and a Motorola radio printing through front right pants pocket.
Quinn was former Secret Service - that explains the stick up his ass....but I have to tell you, to get a government rate at any hotel, you do have to show your gov't ID or gov't MasterCard....
Just where in the Constitution does it provide for Federal Air Marshalls? For that matter, where does it provide for a Federal police force?
This should have been done at the get-go!
"Air marshals had complained that Brown's predecessor, Thomas Quinn, insisted on a too-formal dress code that allowed people to pick them out."
Quinn. Typical dumb ass gubmint employee.
Keeps getting promoted, cuz he's dumber than dirt.
Hope Quinn is nowhere anything important.
Sheraton was a little dumb in this case also don't you think?
Would you prefer that there were no Air Marshalls or an FBI?
Curious as to how you formulated your question.
OK..so help me out here..are you against an FBI style organization?
Also..could the "Framers" have anticipated the future, as to where it applies to Air Tavel.
Try Article I, Section 8. Seems pretty straightforward.
After the Supreme's recent decision in the medical pot case, anything the government wants to do can fall under the Commerce Clause. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments have been written out of the Constitution.
I guess a "constitutional" argument could be made about having them on flights that didn't cross state or national borders...
Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;
To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;
To establish post offices and post roads;
To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;
To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
To provide and maintain a navy;
To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;--And
To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
A Hawaiian shirt is ideal undercover wear:
Baggy allows belt carry.
Bold pattern breaks up any outlines.
Makes you look like a dopey tourist.
But realistically, the best way to blend in on most flights is to dress like an absolute slob.
Shall we dispose of it?
Damn, took 'em what, nearly five years to acquire a lick of common sense?
Hello, I'm Christopher and I'll be your Air Marshall tonight.
First, let me tell you about our specials...
They'll blend in with the airplane crowd real well.
The hotel customers, too.
"Someone in the government is using common sense. I am utterly blown away."
It's a wonder we've survived this long.
They do need to dress like most of the other passengers: Homeless people, replete with shopping bags.
Time for a grammar test:
"To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof."
Every law requires someone to enforce that law. What part of this is confusing you?