Before Federal Air Marshal (FAM) Robert MacLean won in the U.S. Supreme Court and Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), he stopped the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from violating law and forced it to deploy FAMs onto terrorist-targeted nonstop, long distance flights, like those attacked on 9/11; suicidal hijackers were going to exploit State Department visa and TSA security screening loopholes—he closed those hazardous loopholes. The day after, Hillary Clinton strongly supported MacLean's actions expressing her "extreme concern" about TSA's inane cost-savings plan devised due to wasting $1.4 million on senior executive bonuses. MacLean also reversed dangerous grooming standards, dress codes, and boarding procedures that compromised the identity of FAMs.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UPDATE August 12, 2016: Seven Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reject TSA's response to inquiries made by Senator Claire McCaskill VIDEO and the House Committee on Government Oversight and Government Reform VIDEO regarding the costly taxpayer-paid litigation against MacLean and take advantage of an overburdened U.S. Office of Special Counsel and MSPB—the MSPB issued a final ruling declaring MacLean is a protected whistleblower. TSA now wants to set the reckless precedent by arguing he does not deserve any lost promotions, despite having a spotless and "exemplary" record—as stated under oath by his terminating official and TSA's only MSPB hearing witness. If TSA beats MacLean, the highest performing federal employees with the most credibility and responsibility will choose advancement over reporting wrongdoing within their agencies. TSA also is putting MacLean's security clearance in jeopardy.