DHS Reduces Number Of Federal Air Marshals

By CNN

Published 02/26 2014 01:47PM

Updated 02/26 2014 01:49PM

The Department of Homeland Security has cut the number of federal air marshals on commercial flights over the past three years.

An internal email obtained by CNN says fewer plain-clothed officers are now protecting aircraft from terrorists.

Budget cuts from $966-million to $805-million are blamed for the move.

The agency is reducing the staff through attrition but declined to say how many positions have been eliminated.

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