Robert Mac Lean - Congressional Hearings

Congressional Hearings

During hearings, U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell questioned TSA Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley during a Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee On Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection hearing held on October 16, 2007 in which he cited a New Jersey Star-Ledger opinion editorial. Two years later on July 23, 2009, Rep. Pascrell did not forget about MacLean and other Federal Air Marshal Service whistleblowers and expressed his displeasure to TSA/FAMS Director Robert Bray that Hawley ignored his office:

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) asked Robert Bray, director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, why air marshals who were fired for bringing to light issues that were later found to be valid have not been returned to service. Pascrell specifically mentioned the case of Robert MacLean, an air marshal who was fired in 2006 after he revealed that the TSA plans to stop sending marshals on long-haul flights because the agency did not want to pay their overnight expenses. MacLean is "still twisting in the wind," said during an interview. "I think it's very unfair."

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