Is there an air marshal on every flight?


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Most flights do not have air marshals, according to an August 2014 report in USA Today. This article and a CNN report from February 2014 estimate that there are some 3,000 marshals and that of these, many are working on the ground.

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John Casaretti, National President of the Air Marshal Association/CWA, says in the USA Today report that with 30,000 daily commercial flights in the U.S., placing two air marshals on each would necessitate a work force of more than 75,000 marshals. As a result, marshals board only a tiny portion of flights. A computer program chooses the flights for marshals to board based on threat probabilities, the amount of fuel on the plane and other factors.

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