United stabbing attack could have been avoided, but air marshals were deployed to our border instead

Supplanting national security with “making sandwiches,” a look at a near-tragedy aboard a cross country flight revealed how President Joe Biden’s border crisis was making air marshals “worst fears” reality.

As former President Donald Trump had reminded during the June 27 debate with his rival, under the current administration, every state had become a border state impacted by the flood of foreign nationals parading relatively unimpeded into the nation.

Like with so-called sanctuary cities where resources had been spread thin to accommodate the massive amounts of handouts being provided while addressing upticks in criminality, the same was true at the federal level where an all-hands-on-deck approach to processing illegal entries had left the friendly skies at risk.

Speaking with the New York Post, retired supervisory federal air marshal Sonya LaBosco described how a March 2023 incident stood as a prime example the Biden administration putting Americans at risk as she blamed the deployment of air marshals to the border for why a man was able to wield an improvised weapon and allegedly threaten to “kill every man” on United Airlines Flight 2609 from Los Angeles to Boston.

“Because we had deployed air marshals to the border, there was no air marshals on that flight,” she explained. “So our worst fears were coming true every day with the in-flight incidents that were occurring that air marshals would have been on those flights to keep passengers from being injured.”

As had been reported in March 2023, then-33-year-old Francisco Severo Torres of Leominster, Massachusetts was said to have broken a spoon that he then used to stab a flight attendant in the neck three times before being tackled and restrained by passengers and crew.

The violent incident was said to have taken place after the man had allegedly attempted to disarm and open the emergency exit roughly 45 minutes prior to landing in Boston.

LaBosco explained to the Post how “absolutely ridiculous” the utilization of the air marshals has been as 200 had been dispatched on 21-day deployments to the border “handing out water, making sandwiches, Uber Eats runs…bringing diapers and stuff into the facilities and unloading trucks.”

“The long-haul flights are super important for us to be on because those are the same flights the 9/11 hijackers actually targeted and took that day on 9/11,” she explained as those planes would be carrying the most amount of fuel.

Those mandatory deployments were said to leave just one in every 100 U.S. flights manned by air marshals, according to the Washington Examiner, amounting to roughly one-eighth of the normal coverage.

“Without establishing performance measures and assessing risks related to deploying air marshals, TSA cannot ensure deployments did not impacts [Federal Air Marshals’] mission to mitigate potential risks and threats to our nation’s transportation system,” a report from the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security stipulated.

“With respect to costs,” it added, “TSA incurred approximately $45 million in travel and payroll costs associated with the deployment of air marshals to the Southwest border from May 2019 to August 2023. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reimbursed these costs.”

Kevin Haggerty

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