Are Federal Air Marshals Up to the Job?

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At Miami International Airport yesterday afternoon, American Airlines Flight 924 was still at the gate. Other passengers have told reporters that Rigoberto Alpizar ran down the aisle of airplane pursued by his wife, who was shouting, "He's sick, he's sick." Confronted by two Air Marshals, Alpizar indicated he had a bomb. Instead of dropping to the ground as ordered, Alpzar reached into his bag. The marshals shot and killed him. Did Rigoberto Alpizar have to die? Are air marshals trained well enough to cope with the challenges of this era of terrorism?
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