I’ve just read Clay Biles new book about the 50-year history of the Federal Air Marshal program. It’s not only a labor of love by a (now) former Federal Air Marshal, it’s an extremely well-documented history of in-flight security and a tribute to many, otherwise unsung, dedicated federal law enforcement personnel. This book is long overdue. Throughout the last fifty some years, attempts to safeguard public air travel have proceeded by fits and starts. Each new iteration, from the original FAA Peace Officers to the current cadre of Federal Air Marshals, has had to reinvent the program virtually from scratch. Prior to Clay’s book, no attempt was made to capture or codify the lessons learned by the many different programs. In his effort, Clay has created not just an outstanding work of history, but a reference on in-flight security. Full disclosure: I was a Customs Security Officer from back in the Sky Marshal days, who Clay interviewed during his exhaustive research. You can find the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/United-States-Federal-Marshal-Service/product-reviews/0615826520/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending
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