The Cranky Ol' Bat

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"And Another Air Marshal Rides The Bus...."

(With all apologies to the ghost of Freddie Mercury for the above title)

Apparently having decided that they have made the skies safe despite being woefully undermanned, the US Air Marshals are now experimenting with patrolling other means of transportation in new "VIPER" ("Visible Intermodal Protection and Response") teams. The teams consist of two air marshals, one canine team, one or two transportation security personnel and one local law enforcement agent.

Keep your eyes peeled, and you may see them over the next three days on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and Los Angeles rail lines; ferries in Washington state; bus stations in Houston; and mass transit systems in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore. Some will be undercover, others will be in TSA jackets.


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