Rubio warns of terror attack from Cuba flights
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio: Protesters outside White House 'deliberately stayed to trigger police action' This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (R-Fla.) is warning that flights from Cuba could be used to carry out a terrorist attack, after the Obama administration said Wednesday the island nation hasn't signed an air marshals agreement. 
 
"What it means is that these are now flights that are vulnerable," Rubio said. "There's a reason why we have air marshals on flights, because of the experience of 9/11 ... and you now have flights 90 miles from our shores that could theoretically be commandeered and you could have a repeat of that." 
 
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Rubio's comments come after TSA Deputy Administrator Huban Gowadia told a House Committee that air marshals would only be on chartered flights between the U.S. and Cuba, because the Castro government hadn't signed a deal to allow U.S. air marshals on commercial flights. 
 
The United States started the first commercial flights in decades to Cuba last month. Gowadia said that Wednesday that TSA officials misspoke when they said earlier this year that commercial flights wouldn't start until the security agreement was signed.
 
Rubio added that Gowadia's disclosure is "the latest example of an administration that is so intent on burnishing it's legacy, on getting credit for this opening that they're willing to throw everything else out the window."
 
The Florida Republican, who is running for reelection against Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, wants the Obama administration to suspend any commercial flights to or from Cuba until it signs the air marshals agreement.
 
Though Gowadia noted there's no indication Cuba would reject the agreement, the revelation that it is currently unsigned could add fuel to an ongoing airport security debate.
 
Rubio introduced legislation with Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezGovernment watchdog: 'No evidence' Pompeo violated Hatch Act with Kansas trips No time to be selling arms to the Philippines Senate panel approves Trump nominee under investigation MORE (D-N.J.) to halt commercial U.S. flights to Cuba until a thorough security review is conducted at all of the island nation’s 10 airports. The House Homeland Security Committee passed its version of the bill this week.
 
Though Rubio has been a chief critic of the Obama's administration Cuba policy, he argued that his push to suspend commercial flights should be separate from the larger debate over the island country. 
 
"You have this situation where theoretically some terrorists can travel from any country in the world into Cuba and then try to come into the United States, commander an aircraft and I don't need to tell you what can happen next," he added. "This is an incredibly dangerous situation."