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U.S., U.K. Raise Terror Threat Levels For Commercial Flights

GA Not Directly Affected

August 10, 2006 — On Thursday, United States and United Kingdom officials raised national terror threat levels to red-severe/critical for commercial flights between the two nations after foiling an alleged plot to blow up numerous commercial air carrier flights between the U.K. and New York, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. The U.S. also raised the threat level to orange (high) for domestic commercial flights. Accordingly, security has been significantly heightened at airports throughout the country, including passengers being prohibited from carrying any liquids whatsoever aboard aircraft, including beverages.

To the best of EAA's knowledge, none of these developments directly affect general aviation, and the heightened security procedures are not directed at GA operations. However, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) did issue an advisory to GA operators (charter, air cargo, corporate, and GA) that reiterates established security measures.

Security is being dramatically heightened at airports throughout the U.S. and in the National Airspace System. Accordingly, GA pilots can expect to encounter some inconveniences, delays, or access issues resulting from heightened security procedures at domestic airports, particularly those serving commercial operations.

In addition, because of the significantly heightened security, pilots should be particularly mindful of existing security procedures, such as the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), and steer well clear of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) and known security-sensitive facilities such as military bases, nuclear plants, stadiums, etc.

And as always, continue to be careful, patient, and vigilant. Report any suspicious activities to the toll-free GA Hot Line, 866-GA-SECURE.

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