Federal Air Marshal Service [FAMS] Law and Legal Definition

Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) is a U.S. federal law enforcement agency established by the Federal Aviation Administration to fight a rash of hijackings in the late 1960s and early 1970s. FAMS functions under the supervision of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The mission of FAMS was to protect flights against aircraft hijacking or skyjacking and all other forms of crimes. FAMS also promotes confidence in civil aviation by effectively positioning Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) to deter, detect, and defeat hostile acts targeting the U.S.