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Tampa's air marshal's office to close in 2014

TAMPA — Tampa's Federal Air Marshal Service field office is slated to close by the end of the year, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The Tampa office is one of six nationwide that will be closed, according to a report by CBS News. San Diego's office will also close this year, followed by Phoenix and Pittsburgh in 2015 and Cincinnati and Cleveland in 2016, the network reported.

No positions will be eliminated, according to a statement provided by the TSA to the Tampa Bay Times. The agency said the changes "will not adversely impact" the ability of sky marshals to help provide security aboard flights arriving at or department from airports.

"The realignment ensures the safety and security of the traveling public while maximizing coverage of flights representing the greatest risk for terrorist activity," the statement said.

The number of plainclothes air marshals aboard planes is a secret. However, citing an internal document, CNN has reported that the number of air marshals has thinned in the last three years because of budget cuts.

Tampa's air marshal's office to close in 2014 02/26/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:13pm]

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