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The TSA Doesn’t Trust the INS

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Today the new alien flight training rule goes into effect which means that all non-US citizens taking any kind of flight training have to get pre-approval from the TSA before they start. Further, flight instructors now have to verify the citizenship of US student pilots before they are allowed to start training.

According to this AOPA article the TSA refused to let resident aliens (green card holders like myself) be exempt. Apparantly they don’t trust that the INS is weeding out terrorists; all those background checks, FBI-vetting etc doesn’t mean squat to them. On the other hand, they have trust that (a possibly resident alien) flight instructor can verify that a US citizen’s papers are the real deal. Pathetic.

And its all pointless anyway. If terrorists want to learn to fly they’ll forge a US birth certificate – could you spot a fake? – or learn to fly elsewhere. Its just another government public relations exercise with no real value. So, rest easy dear readers in the knowledge that this terrorist-until-proven-innocent won’t be doing any more flight training after I finish my commercial rating.

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December 21st, 2004 at 8:48 am

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