For those of you not closely following events in Cuba and the discussions between our governments, please read an article published in today’s Miami Herald (link below)–“U.S. Air Marshals will be aboard Cuba Flights.” The headline may sound a bit confusing or even scary, but relax. Before you read this article, please consider that for decades, American Airlines has been flying its aircraft to Cuba WITHOUT air marshals. Last year, there were 1,200 charter flights that used AA planes. Aircraft had crews who worked for American Airlines and were citizens of the United State. The aircraft were serviced and maintained by American Airlines. Passengers had to go through standard TSA security leaving Miami International Airport. After arriving in Cuba (usually in Havana), they had to go through routine screening by Cuban Customs. In conclusion, air marshals were never used on U.S.-Cuba flights, and, logically, they aren’t needed now.
And yet, over the past few months, both governments have apparently spent an incredible amount of time, money, and resources negotiating the details of providing air marshals who clearly aren’t needed anyway–this has been verified by decades of uneventful flights without air marshals. (As with so many other arguments against Normalization, the anti-Cuba proponents, who have never been to Cuba, frequently use events from the 1960’s and 70’s to try to explain events in the Cuba of 2016.)
This is only a single glimpse into the absurd and irrational world of relationships and interactions between our two governments. Multiply this situation by a thousand, and you will begin to understand how crazy and complicated things are between our countries. So why are air marshals suddenly so necessary? Not for security reasons. Let’s get real. Follow the money. Perhaps this is an example of Bureaucracy Survival & Expansion; perhaps union officials are paying off heads of various agencies. Maybe those involved are just not informed or smart enough to realize there have been tens of thousands of similar flights over the past few decades on American Airlines and other aircraft without air marshals. Perhaps Cuban officials wanted to stretch out the negotiations, so that they could participate in more meetings in the U.S. while staying in nice hotels and going shopping. There are many possibilities why air marshals are now being added, but security is clearly not one of them. Of course the cost will be added to our ticket prices.
With this in mind, enjoy reading today’s short article by clicking the link below: