2,454. 9/11/2001

“…there were only thirty-three air marshals system-wide on 9/11, and they were assigned to international flights. The number of air marshals had been phased down from several hundred in the 1970s because of the perceived success of checkpoint screening and the higher priority accorded other FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] initiatives.”

 – John Farmer, The Ground Truth, Pages 108-109

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