Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials are evaluating possible actions in response to the latest terrorist threat that target the nation's financial institutions in New York City; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C.
"AOPA was in communication with TSA over the weekend," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Even though no specific aviation threats have been identified, the agency is considering airspace restrictions around New York City and additional restrictions within the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)."
AOPA is advocating that any additional restrictions be related to actual threats and not unfairly burdensome to general aviation.
On Sunday Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that the government had specific intelligence that al Qaeda is plotting bomb attacks against financial institutions including the New York Stock Exchange, the International Monetary Fund, and the Word Bank in Washington, D.C., and Prudential Financial Inc.'s headquarters in Newark. While the intelligence didn't give details of the mode of attack, Ridge said government analysis indicates terrorists may prefer to use car or truck bombs.
Homeland Security has not officially raised the terror-threat level except for the financial buildings, but Washington Mayor Anthony Williams has put the entire city on orange alert. General aviation flights are restricted in an area covering about 4,300 square miles around Baltimore and Washington. GA flights are prohibited within 15 miles of Washington unless specifically authorized.
August 2, 2004