The FAA has reissued an airfield and aircraft security alert, asking pilots and airport businesses to watch for and report suspicious activities. That follows an FBI warning yesterday that the al Qaeda terrorist network could be preparing another major attack within the United States.
"We continue to encourage all pilots to watch for those things that might indicate terrorist activity, such as aircraft with unusual modifications, pilots who appear to be under the control of others, or people loitering near aircraft," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of government and technical affairs. "If it doesn't look right, report it to the local police or FBI office."
Cebula noted that there is no specific information that terrorists have plans to use general aviation aircraft. And the intelligence information that prompted the FBI warning is not specific enough to raise the national alert status from yellow to orange.