Federal air marshals are those men (and a few women) that we entrust with having guns onboard airplanes, and with the judgement to decide when and how to blast away at 40,000 feet inside a narrow metal tube filled with people. So, sure, judgement, no biggie.
About the judgement thing. Three federal air marshals have been suspended without pay after allegedly using their government phones to film and share their sex acts with a prostitute while on assignment in Europe.
Congressional sources confirmed that the incident involving the air marshals who filmed sex acts on a government phone is expected to be raised by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as part of a broader look into personnel failures within the Federal Air Marshal Service.
Those broader failures include a scheme that was run out of TSA’s Mission Operations Center that involved some air marshals agreeing to have sex with someone in charge of scheduling missions in order to get placed on flights to destinations of their choosing.
In the filming incident, the air marshals, based in Chicago, allegedly used their government-issued phones to record their sexual encounters with a prostitute and then shared them using their personal email accounts, which they had connected to their work phones, according to TSA, government and law enforcement sources. In addition to all the goodness inherent in all that, the acts would have made the marshal’s susceptible to blackmail. Winner!
Two air marshals have been suspended without pay while the investigation continues. The third has already resigned.
“TSA demands the highest standards of integrity and professionalism from its employees. When criminal behavior or misconduct is substantiated, TSA holds its employees appropriately accountable,” said a TSA spokesperson.