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Airports: Airfield and aircraft security in the wake of the terrorist attacksAirports: Airfield and aircraft security in the wake of the terrorist attacks

Airports: Airfield and aircraft security in the wake of the terrorist attacks

Airports logoFollowing the September 11, 2001, multiple terrorist attacks against U.S. civil air carriers, involving the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the FAA is advising of the potential for follow-on terrorist attacks.

As we have done on several occasions in the past, the FAA is seeking your cooperation in helping to safeguard the air transportation system. We are raising the security posture at all Part 107 airports throughout the United States. We believe that it is prudent to inform airport and airfield operators of our concern. Accordingly, to help keep public and private airfields safe and secure during the foreseeable future, we need your help.

IF YOU ARE THE OWNER OR OPERATOR OF AN AIRFIELD PLEASE:

  1. Distribute this circular to all organizations, which have a regular presence on the airfield.
  2. Contact your local law enforcement agency and verify the procedures you would use to report any suspicious activity at your airfield.
  3. Promptly report information indicating possible criminal activity to your local law enforcement agency.

PERSONS INVOLVED IN OPERATING, SERVICING OR RENTING SMALL AIRCRAFT SHOULD BE ON THE LOOK-OUT FOR:

  • Aircraft with unusual or unauthorized modifications;
  • Persons loitering for extended periods in the vicinity of parked aircraft or in air operations areas;
  • Pilots who appear to be under the control of other persons;
  • Persons wishing to obtain aircraft without presenting proper credentials or persons who present apparently valid credentials but do not have a corresponding level of aviation knowledge; or
  • Anything that doesn't look right! (i.e., events or circumstances which do not fit the pattern of lawful normal activity at your airport.)

REMEMBER: If you see something highly dangerous, such as weapons or explosives, being loaded on an aircraft; or if you have other reason to believe that a serious crime or some sort of attack is about to occur, immediately call local law enforcement authorities!

AND CALL YOUR NEAREST FBI OFFICE

May 24, 2002

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