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AOPA Demands Answers on Aircraft Searches

Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

With a growing number of reports from pilots being stopped by armed federal agents on the ramp and their aircraft searched by federal agents, the AOPA is questioning CBP’s authority to conduct the searches and demanding a response from officials at the highest level.

“We don’t even know why they’re being stopped,” said AOPA General Counsel Ken Mead, adding that the Association will press the issue until satisfactory answers, or a change in policy, are forthcoming. “We’re not going to let this go with just lip service. The agency either has to stop its behavior or we’re going to need to elevate it to Congress.”

» Full Story on AOPA

What to do if stopped by law enforcement?

AOPA is still researching the legal specifics involved when federal agents agents acting well inside the nation’s borders detain a pilot and search an aircraft.  As they work to gain a fuller understanding of what is permitted, the AOPA has prepared a convenient kneeboard reference card for pilots who might find themselves the object of the agency’s attention.

» Kneeboard Reference Card