I don't know Aerobalance, I don't have a copy of the AIM/FAR
book. However, I did find a good article from the findlaw.com website that deals with this issue (sort of):
Here are some passages from the text:
"the United States Department of Transportation has primary authority for airplane security and law enforcement, and, according to the law, "exclusive" responsibility for passenger safety. With the approval of the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Transportation may authorize a marshal or other government employee who carries out air transportation security to carry a gun."
"In an August 2002 statement prepared by the Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, air marshals themselves confirmed their lack of training - reporting that, with thousands of new marshals hired, the program operates like 'security guard training at a mall.' "
"A marshal is also empowered to make warrantless arrests. The only state of mind that is required, for such an arrest to be legal, is the marshal's reasonable belief that the arrestee is committing, or has committed, a federal felony offense, including an offense against the United States."
"Under a federal statute (section 44902; click on link in article), airlines (meaning, in practice, the pilot and other personnel) have the authority to require a passenger to disembark from a flight if they believe him to be a safety risk. But another statute also prohibits airlines from discriminating based on race, ethnic origin or religion."
"At present, air marshals and airline personnel can force a person to leave a plane, or even arrest him, merely because a passenger or a crew member feels uncomfortable with his flying."
Like I said, what's next? A guy starts to read a prayer book and some passengers start to get antsy--next thing you know, he's tied up on the floor "just to be safe..."
Backhanding the left into submission, one activist judge at a time.