DHS and FBI freak out and arrest glider pilot in non-restricted airspace over nuclear plant

Discussion in 'Other Aspects of Aviation Security' started by phoebepontiac, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Glider Pilot, 70, Arrested and Questioned by FBI and DHS for Flying Over a Nuclear Power Plant

    From Reason:

    This is serious banana republic stuff. There's a pack of baboons who apparently have the power to shoot down an aircraft, and they aren't even aware of how restricted airspace works, or that a glider can't necessarily land very quickly.

    Here's my question -- what are these DHS guys doing, just watching the skies over a nuke plant? Where did they get the idea that this old guy in a glider was any kind of threat? If this was what they were supposed to be doing, they certainly had no idea how to do it correctly. We're really in trouble when this level of stuff starts going on. At least the local sheriff's department knew what they were doing and left it alone.
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  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    DHS employees prove that the incompetents are not limited to TSA.

    corrected to " are not". I think many within DHS are incompetent.
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    The detailed account (with video) is here:

    Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association: Secret 'no-fly zone'? Pilot seeks answers after arrest

    This was from their January edition. They promise an update for February.

    Simply put, TSA is out of control and answerable to no one.
  4. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Say no more, (morons).
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  5. He should have said, "Haven't you heard about sectional maps?"
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  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I can't understand why he agreed to not file charges.
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  7. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    extortion. they weren't going to release him until he released them. and he fell for it.
    I hope he sues anyway, saying the agreement was made under duress, which it was.
  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    From what I can pick up, this was initiated by town clowns.
  9. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Unfortunately there is case law that says this kind of extortion is legal. I would have said "(expletive deleted) that, let's go to trial."

    His mistake was acceding to the demands of the town clowns. They have no authority to order an aircraft to land. He should have just returned to his base.

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