Requiring general aviation pilots to submit arrival, departure, and passenger manifest information to customs via the Internet before flying won't work, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) recently wrote to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. In order to comply with the proposed rule, pilots might be forced to fly from their departure airport to a different location with Internet access to file the necessary information. "This would be extremely burdensome, costly, and impractical for pilots attempting to return to the United States from a remote location abroad," Graves wrote. He also requested that the Department of Homeland Security justify why the information could only be submitted electronically.
November 23, 2007