Should Federal Air Marshals Sit in the Economy Class Cabin?
For years, federal air marshals in the United States almost always fly in the premium class cabin at no cost while on the job. However, airlines are starting to want to change this policy, as they are denied possible last-minute revenue because they cannot sell the premium class seats at the last minute because they are occupied by the air marshals.
As Airlines Want to Bump Air Marshals to Coach, some FlyerTalk members consider this practice by the federal government as stealing from the airlines. One airline reportedly was confronted by a half-dozen air marshals who demanded premium class seats but the airline refused and would rather cancel the flight than kick its customers out of their premium class seats. Additionally, this policy is also unfair to those passengers who paid for a premium class seat but must be relegated to the economy class cabin.
One proposed solution is to require the air marshals to sit in the very last row of an aircraft so that they would have full view of the entire aircraft.