Friday, June 12, 2009

Nope. Not Here. Couldn't Happen.

Take my love, take my land, make me where I cannot stand. I don't care, I'm still free. You can't take the sky from m[SCREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!]

A spokeswoman for the Washington headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says the drawing of weapons in the ramp inspection of an aircraft in Long Beach, Calif., last month was justified but not "normal." Kelly Ivahnenko also told AVweb that general aviation pilots can expect more ramp checks by CBP agents thanks to the newly-instituted Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS).


In an interview and podcast with AVweb, Perry said he and his passengers were put in unnecessary peril by gun-wielding enforcement officials. Ivahnenko stressed Perry's experience is not what most pilots should expect if they're checked by the CBP. "This I would not classify as common or routine," she said. She said the Long Beach action was justified, even though the search turned up nothing illegal. "While the involvement of more than one law enforcement agency and the heightened alert of the situation were slightly unusual, it is within (CBP's) authority to inspect inbound and outbound travelers, vehicles, planes, cargo, etc.," she told AVweb. She also said that only the Long Beach police officers assisting the operation actually drew weapons and CBP agents kept theirs holstered, something Perry vehemently disputes. "Every one of them had their weapons out," Perry said. (via AVweb Flash)

Oh, man. This Perry guy must be one bad dude with a 10-foot rap sheet to have CBP and Long Beach Police violate 14 CFR 91.11.

Hmmm...maybe not. Check out AVweb's podcast with Perry.

Wait, these thugs just randomly pulled a tail number, executed a SWAT-style raid on an aircraft under operation, and sorted through the contents and passengers without even mere suspicion?

Wait, this was on an aircraft LEAVING the country?

I think my suspicions of who the real terrorists are have been confirmed.



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