This evening, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified AOPA that an advisory has been issued for the general aviation community to "focus care in taking appropriate security precautions." While this is not a new concern, AOPA members can serve an important role by remaining alert for suspicious activities at an airport or in flight. Individuals observing anything suspicious should report it to an FBI field office or local law enforcement officials. For flight schools, flying clubs, and others renting aircraft, the FAA has a series of suggestions that are useful for aircraft security.
"Although the TSA alert does not cite any credible information on timing, targets, or methods of attack, we ask that members assist the government by maintaining a higher degree of sensitivity for activities that seem out of place," explained Andy Cebula, AOPA senior president for government and technical affairs. "Likewise, it is important that pilots avoid temporary flight restrictions as the FAA had emphasized in a letter sent to airmen last month."