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US Marshals Service to purchase Boeing 737 jet for prisoner transport

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The U.S. Marshals Service has issued a solicitation for the purchase of one large transport category Boeing aircraft to fulfill its mission to transport federal detainees and prisoners in a cost-effective manner, without sacrificing the safety of the public, federal employees, or those in USMS custody. (dcnewsroom.blogspot.com) More...

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tkldr
Tk Ldr 16
Con Air, here we go.
Mpozsonyi
Mark Pozsonyi 5
Came here to say this.
Neil49
Neil49 8
Yes, probably to be based at Joint Base Andrews, in preparation for an expected high demand for transfers.
yr2012
matt jensen 3
Nope OKC
ravanviman
hal pushpak 3
Ha!Good one!
lynx318
lynx318 1
Thinking same
yr2012
matt jensen 0
That was a C130
N204TA
N204TA 4
The movie featured a C-123 Provider
lynx318
lynx318 2
The notion is the important bit, not the aircraft model.
iflyrjs
terry gersdorf 7
I use to do Con Air flights years ago part time as a flight attendant. Our Company provided the 737 pilots and cabin crew. All we would do is sit in the back open and close the doors and be there in case of an emergency evacuation. Got paid $300 a day Plus commercial airfare to get back home.
aknorris
aknorris 6
Didn't they see that movie with Tommy Lee Jones? Maybe they should stick with coach buses....
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 10
This is just a fleet renewal: reading the article reveals that they presently operate four 737s. This procurement would replace an old 737-400 with a -700 or -800. But, yeah, that’s an entertaining movie
gphariss
Glen Phariss 4
I haven't seen any data on actual usage, but it surprises me that they need to carry that many people from one point to another. Seems like something smaller and less expensive to operate would make more sense. Perhaps a regional jet.
wmstapp
wmstapp 2
This is the US Federal government we’re talking about… since when have they ever been practical or economical?! They are the epitome of excesses, bloat and irrational spending. I mean, they just added 80k+ more IRS agents to be able to get more money from us for their excessive spending. Did you know, the Federal government is the largest employer in the US by far… think about that- insane.
astro4000
Rail is cheaper and cage the cars
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
But is it though? I've done some price comparisons in the past and often it's cheaper to fly than go by rail. I was shocked.
twinsemi
Tom Winsemius 1
My guess is that the crash at the end of Silver Streak removed all doubt about the security of rail transport. Maybe not a convict movie, but close enough.
harrypalmer
Harry Palmer 3
Is this Justified?
boughbw
boughbw 4
"Alien" appears to be one category. It may be easier, safer, and cost effective to deport aliens this way than any other.
wizardgmb
George Bean 2
If the Marshall Service waits for a year or so, a 757 might be available while one of its prisoners is doing 5-10 for election tampering.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 2
In a perfect world.
jimsarushfan
Huck Finn 2
How about using C130? If they are good enough for our troops then hauling prisoners is okay by me.
jbsimms
James Simms 1
Not enough distance or barriers from the cargo area to the cockpit, I’ve ridden in a few. Plus any surplus C-130’s have been rode hard & put away wet…
Itt
Michelle Nee 2
Welcome to “Con Air”!
BillOverdue
Bill Overdue 3
Just use a tractor trailer cattle hauler, it cheaper than air or rail!
jbsimms
James Simms 1
Experienced those @ Ft. Knox & Ft. Riley going to/from ranges, etc… Nuts to butts, make your buddy smile, & by all means; don’t fart……..
Nooge
Nooge 0
You were Overdue for the usual what is on the floor of a cattle hauler
kornblee
john kornblee 2
I think we are the ones who a getting taken for a ride on this deal
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 3
They’re looking to trade in an old 737-400 (which would now be 23 to 36 years old) for a used but newer -700 or -800, cost estimate $26.5 million. Perhaps better to trade up than sink money into maintaining the -400
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 2
It's genuinely a shame this site has become the go-to for people to spew their anti-government, political angst, rather than discussing the aviatiion issues being brought to our attention. It was once a fine and mentally stimulating place to exchange thoughts and ideas about the posted topic.
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 2
Sadly, that is so true. Also, many post comments that show they haven’t bothered to actually read the squawked articles that they’re so eager to chime in on.

To AWAAlum: I have wonderful memories of honeymoon trip to Hawaii, on America West, back when they flew the 747 between PHX and HNL
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
So nice to hear. I have many fond memories of AWA and my years there. Are you in Phx?
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 1
No, I’m in Bos area: neglected to mention the BOS-PHX leg, America West 757
wizardgmb
George Bean 1
here here!
linbb
linbb 2
So they are not having private aircraft do it any more? Was common to do not long ago knew of a person who did it quite often. And oh yes it was not in a large commercial aircraft either.
btweston
btweston 4
From the usmarahals.gov:

“On August 20, 1985, the U.S. Marshals Service acquired its first Boeing 727 used for prisoner transportation.”
SeanAwning
Sean Awning 4
Gulfstream IV or V?
musocat
Did they get the optional bars in the windows?
yr2012
matt jensen 1
What? They ran out of seized narco a/c
hitech49
John Day 1
It’s called Escape Force One.
mdlacey
Matt Lacey 1
DOJ 737-400s go through EFD regularly - sometimes multiple flights a week. They are clearly marked DOJ on FA.
LeanderWilliams
The USMS is a bureau within the U.S. Department of Justice, operating under the direction of the attorney general, BUT serves as the enforcement arm of the U.S. FEDERAL COURTS to ensure the effective operation of the judiciary and the integrity of the Constitution.
andyc852
Andy Cruickshank -4
Trumps 757 may be available soon
jimsarushfan
Huck Finn 6
Very funny! How about we take Air Force One back from ‘the big guy’ and put Biden in Florence ADX?
yr2012
matt jensen 5
Deutschebank has first dibs
JohnBlosser
JohnBlosser 7
are they using it to transport Hunter and the Pedo to prison?
lfilipov747
lfilipov747 4
Hopefully them and all the other criminal politicians to Gitmo
Nooge
Nooge 1
I wish Jack Smith was planning on sending all criminal politicians to Gitmo
wmstapp
wmstapp 3
No… looks like they’re trying to close Gitmo. The Biden admin quietly sent out a letter to all the 911 families informing them that they were moving to commute all the death sentences for the big terrorist bosses in Gitmo to life sentences. Deplorable move IMO but on par for an administration that more and more every day it seems hates America, the majority of its citizens and everything it stands for.
wizardgmb
George Bean 2
It's a smart move on Biden's part. If those people are executed every Middle East terrorist group will start a campaign of executing Americans when & where they find us.In many ways life in prison is as bad or worse than execution.
BillOverdue
Bill Overdue 0
He would be the 1st in line ...
wizardgmb
George Bean 1
After conversion for prisoner transport including removing seats, the 700 might not have enough seating to carry Trump & all his co-conspirators!
wizardgmb
George Bean 0
👍👍
LeanderWilliams
Leander Williams -3
Trump demanded to be transported first class.
BillOverdue
Bill Overdue -2
Any ideas on the annual cost of this humanitarian "endeavor? Was going to suggest just buying a train but since Boot Edge Edge says 2,000+ derailments a year are "normal", probably not a good idea. We spend $475,000,000,000 on illegals every year and $550,000,000,000 on PP abortions... what's another tax payer funded plane gonna do?

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