The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a security alert, warning pilots and airport managers to watch out for extremists bent on destroying private jets.
"A message posted in Arabic on a Web forum explained how to identify private American jets and urged Muslims to destroy all such aircraft," the TSA alert says. The message detailed how to identify U.S.-registered aircraft and gave the tail number of aircraft supposedly used by the CIA.
"TSA reminds general aviation aircraft and airport owners and operators to review the security measures contained in the TSA publication, " Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports," and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's Airport Watch Program materials."
In addition to securing aircraft, the TSA asks pilots to be alert for persons "masquerading as pilots, security personnel, EMTs, or other personnel using uniforms or vehicles as methods to gain access to aviation facilities," and to immediately report suspicious activity or aircraft theft to the General Aviation Security Hotline (866/GA-SECUR[E]) and local law enforcement.
April 20, 2006