Shocking: Terror suspects still allowed to attend US flight schools

Almost 11 years have passed since the horrors of 9-11, yet we still have lots to learn. American citizens who are on the government no-fly list as terror threats may nonetheless learn how to fly. According to the Washington Times:

Such a person may have to drive across the country to learn how to fly a plane because he or she would likely be stopped from boarding a commercial airliner. But the security checks put in place after the 9/11 attacks will not keep the person from receiving pilot training.

The security loophole was raised during a hearing Wednesday to examine the Homeland Security Department’s programs to screen foreigners who want to attend flight schools in the U.S. Some of the 9/11 hijackers were able to learn to fly in the U.S. while living in the country illegally. The government put in several more layers of security after the attacks, and foreigners now receive criminal background checks and are screened against terror watch lists before they are allowed to begin training. U.S. citizens, however, are not subject to the same scrutiny.

According to one Congressman:

“I was stunned. That just caught me completely off guard, and I’m pretty angry about it,” Rep. Mike Rogers, Alabama Republican, said after the hearing. “Everybody should be concerned.”

The government has other screening requirements for someone to receive a pilot’s license or other certificate to fly a plane which include criminal background checks and screening against terror watch lists. But Rogers said if the government doesn’t want someone on an airplane because he or she is a terror threat, there’s no reason why that person should be allowed to learn how to fly.

Read the full story in the Washington Times.

Related links: TSA Allows Illegal Aliens to Attend Flight School Owned By Illegal Alien – All American Blogger

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