February 3rd, 2012
08:57 AM ET

Report on Federal Air Marshal Service paints an unflattering picture

A long-awaited report on alleged misconduct within the Federal Air Marshal Service concludes that while supervisors do not engage in "widespread" discrimination and retaliation against rank-and-file air marshals, the agency is far from trouble-free.

The report, from Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General and obtained by CNN, paints an unflattering picture of the agency, saying air marshals share the widespread "perception" that they are being mistreated, and adding that investigators "heard too many negative and conflicting accounts" of misconduct to dismiss them.

"Federal air marshals repeatedly portrayed their supervisors as vindictive, aggressive, and guilty of favoritism," the report says.

A "substantial percentage" of air marshals surveyed believe they are victims of discrimination or unfavorable treatment. And many fear retaliation if they report violations of laws or regulations, the report says. "There is a great deal of tension, mistrust and dislike."

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  1. Clydster

    Why does this not surprise me. This garbage has been going on for years in local law enforcment

    February 3, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Not a job I would want. Plus, apparently, they have crappy managers to deal with.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      BOMBO: Master of subtlety and understatement...

      February 3, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. L.A. Law

    Cops are people. 20% of people are dishonest. Therefore it is logical that 20% of the cops are crooks. The statistic may be made worse when power and authority are misused. Cops lie, New York News today nyc cop found guilty, gets probation for planting drugs on a person. Disgusting. Another story nyc cop shoots unarmed man in his own home. Cop lie, cheat, steal, rape and kill.

    Why aren't crimes committed by cops met with harsher sentences.. just like crimes comitted against cops are..
    Probation? Really? What about the guy he planted the drugs on? Who knows what else he did? Probably has done it many times before he got caught.

    February 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. L.A. Law

    Cops are crooks.. todays news.. TSA employee arrested for stealing 5000. From passengers coat during screening process.. lol yeah there are more crooks checking airline passengers then there are boarding planes.

    February 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • AverageBear13

      Airport screeners are NOT cops, know what you're talking about.

      February 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Road warrior

    Look thats the stupid passengers fault for getting ripped off what would you do? I have yet to have any problems, the scanners are the best thing that can happen to america. If people are so paranoid to travel than stay home that makes it easier for me

    February 4, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |