Is escoting the same as escorting? How is anyone escoted? The words must be related – they must share some sense of accompaniment mustn’t they, coming as it does, after “Who maintains ‘em?” Is the sense, perhaps, how do they get where they’re going? Perhaps a combination of escorted and transported.
But – once we look at the definition and the sense is Support. Hmmm. How are they supported? Pretty close to the previous question.