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Briefing August 2013 Issue

Briefing: August 2013

AOPA Objects To Armed Searches Of GA Aircraft

A rash of reports about armed police and federal agents searching general aviation aircraft and detaining pilots for no clear reason has AOPA asking questions. “At least 12 of our members have been stopped and had their plane searched by [Customs and Border Protection agents] for absolutely no reason at all,” said AOPA spokesman Steve Hedges. “We’ve asked CBP for documents related to the searches, filing a Freedom of Information Act to get it, but so far they have been unresponsive.” The agents have searched aircraft, sometimes with dogs, and have demanded to see flight logs and other documents, although AOPA says they have no authority to do so.

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