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Homeland security chief Tom Ridge tapes opening for AOPA's Airport Watch videoHomeland security chief Tom Ridge tapes opening for AOPA's Airport Watch video

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Homeland security chief Tom Ridge
on AOPA's Airport Watch video.
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Gov. Tom Ridge and Julia Krauss,
from AOPA's legislative office.

White House Homeland Security Advisor Gov. Tom Ridge yesterday videotaped the opening segment for AOPA's Airport Watch video. Gov. Ridge, who soon will become secretary of Homeland Security, said that Airport Watch is "a great example of government and the private sector working together to secure the homeland."

The remarks were taped inside the Old Executive Office Building, right next to the White House. Julia Krauss, of AOPA's legislative office, secured Gov. Ridge's appearance in the program.

The video, produced in consultation with the Transportation Security Administration and other law enforcement agencies, dramatizes some of the things pilots should watch for and report to the police or to the national toll-free security hotline—866/GA-SECURE (866/427-3287).

The video will be available for distribution to pilot and airport groups in January.

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