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5 Myths about Air Marshals

A federal air marshal (far L) fires on a hijacker (C) who is holding a knife to the throat of a flight crew member (R) during a simulation of a hijacking at a tactical training program.(Photo: TOM MIHALEK AFP)
A federal air marshal (far L) fires on a hijacker (C) who is holding a knife to the throat of a flight crew member (R) during a simulation of a hijacking at a tactical training program.(Photo: TOM MIHALEK AFP)

While federal air marshals, or FAMs, have been a fixture of the U.S. aviation security system since 1962, they’ve become a lot more visible since 9/11, when they became part of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). If you think the daily routine of a FAM is like the one portrayed by actor Liam Neeson in Non-Stop, here are five myths that might change your mind.

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