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June 20, 2013

AOPA demands answers on aircraft searches

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Federal agency silent so far

June 19, 2013

By  Jim Moore

Customs and Border Protection agents have been operating well within U.S. borders in recent years. Department of Homeland Security photo.
Customs and Border Protection agents have been operating well within U.S. borders in recent years. Department of Homeland Security photo.

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.

The complete article can be read online. See the following AOPA web link. http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2013/June/19/AOPA-demands-answers-on-aircraft-searches.aspx?tid=QyTJGK1ZaU2N7dNnpR4y2g

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