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Prisoners on flights

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Prisoners on flights

Just wondering how common it is for prisoners to be transported on commercial flights.

On our recent trip we were waiting to board a flight from Anchorage to Seattle when boarding was halted and four guys marched straight up to the boarding door. I could hear but not see chains. One of the men was a police officer and was armed. I later discovered the police officer did not travel.

I felt sorry for the prisoner, it must have been humiliating for him, but who knows what he did or why he was being transported.

So maybe I shouldn't have felt sorry.

It did make me nervous to have a prisoner onboard, something I'd never encountered before. Is this a regular occurrence?

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1. Re: Prisoners on flights

I have not been on board with a prisoner but on my flight home from Italy -on the last leg- when going through the special security for in transit people at JFK,we had to wait for a prisoner and his guards to go through security before us. That meant they had been on an international flight.

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2. Re: Prisoners on flights

Years ago, on a flight from Oklahoma city to Kansas City, I had the same experience. In this case there were 2 prisoners in chains and prison garb, accompanied by 2 Federal Marshalls. They boarded after everyone else had boarded and all 4 sat in the very back of the cabin. This was back in the early 90's. We fly quite often, and that was the only time, to my knowledge anyway, that has happened on any of our flights. Guess they have to transport them someway.

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3. Re: Prisoners on flights

Even though the local police officer did not travel, that does not mean that the prisoner was unguarded on the flight. You would not necessarily been aware of armed marshalls on board. The 'men in black' tend to fade into the shadows.

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4. Re: Prisoners on flights

Kia...there definitely were 2 others with him. The possbility that they may have been armed was a little scary.

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Not sure just how common it is but it does happen. I think many larger agencies have their own aircraft or they charter aircraft for that purspose. However for smaller agencies, like my own, that is not the case, the easiest and cheapest way is to use commercial flights.

Two years ago one of my fellow officers and a state DEA Agent went to California to escort back a person arrested there on a serious felony warrant. The prisoner became unruly on the first leg of the flight and they ended up using a taser on him a couple times. The plane made an unscheduled landing (somewhere in the midwest but I do not recall where) and our officers and the prisoner were kicked off the flight. They ended up renting a car and driving the rest of the way.

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6. Re: Prisoners on flights

once they shut that door we are all prisoners one way or the other.

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I try not to think about it (i.e are there prisoners on board). It reminds me too much of (the movie) "Con Air". And we all know how that ended. Nicholas Cage over-acting & wearing a cat.

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8. Re: Prisoners on flights

Obviously extraditions are the most common reason you will find someone in chains on your flight. That can include State to State extraditions within the US. It happens reasonably often.

But really dangerous people are transported on private planes.

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9. Re: Prisoners on flights

I am surprised WV has not commented that Ryanair Pax are all prisoners.

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