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US Warns Of Small Aircraft Terrorism Threat

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

07 September 2011


The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have this week issued a notice to operators of small general aviation airports to be increasingly vigilent to the risk of terrorist activity in light of the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.

In the bulletin, the agencies urged pilots and airport operators to “increase their awareness and sensitivity" during the period of interest, September 7, 2011, to September 14.

"Violent extremists with knowledge of general aviation and access to small planes pose a significant potential threat to the Homeland," the bulletin states.

Security experts believe that although smaller aircraft would be unable to carry out the scale of damage that the hijacked airlines caused on the World Trade Center in 2001, the use of small aircraft could enable terrorist cells to achieve chemical attacks.

There are about 228,000 general aviation planes and 4,000 airports in the United States.

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