June 20, 2013

AOPA DEMANDS ANSWERS ON AIRCRAFT SEARCHES: “With a growing number of reports from law-abiding pilots stopped by armed federal agents on the ramp, their aircraft searched by federal agents, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection remains silent, and outrage is building. AOPA is questioning CBP’s authority to conduct the searches, and demanding a response from officials at the highest level. There has been no meaningful response to date from CBP to Freedom of Information Act requests filed months ago by AOPA and affected pilots.”

Plus: “We were given no justification for such extreme delinquency in meeting the statutory requirement to respond within 20 business days.”