One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A high rank of officer in the RAF, above air vice-marshal and below air chief marshal.
- ‘However, in order to disguise this distinction he was made an air marshal, to sit beside a full admiral and full general.’
- ‘On promotion to air marshal, he served for a short time as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Logistics Command.’
- ‘A federal air marshal - one of thousands now at work since Sept. 11 - approaches, identifies himself, and tells the man to calm down.’
- ‘The air marshal program - every air marshal - available air marshal is deployed.’
- ‘She married Jeremy Lee-Potter, a medical student and the son of an air marshal in 1957.’
- ‘In September 1939 he was promoted acting air marshal and in April 1940 was appointed Commander in Chief Bomber Command.’
2US An armed guard who travels incognito on certain commercial flights, trained to take action in the event of a hijack or other violent criminal action.‘a plan to allow passengers to carry knives is being tabled amid protests from air marshals’
- ‘I was glad to know that there is really an air marshal there, and they are not afraid to shoot somebody who says they have a bomb.’
- ‘The FAA is also believed to be considering broadening the use of armed air marshals to all internal flights in America.’
- ‘A federal air marshal told the pilot that the passenger's name resembled one on a terror watch list, and that he had been acting suspiciously.’
- ‘The US Department of Homeland Security requested the presence of air marshals on threatened flights in late December.’
- ‘She's also busy developing standards for federal air marshals and flight deck officers so they can carry firearms in the cockpit.’
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