...Citing "Dirty Bombs" And Stadium Targets...

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The Globe story quoted CSIS staff who said that Al Qaeda is known to have considered the use of small aircraft and helicopters for attacks on U.S. soil, and that sports stadiums are a "perfect target" for a Cessna 172 loaded with radiological material and explosives. "The no-fly zones over these stadiums are loosely enforced," the story says, quoting a CSIS staffer. An FAA official quoted in the story said that GA security efforts were dropped because they "would have cost too much." A TSA spokesman said, "These [small] planes aren't a focus for us. .... We don't have unlimited funds to deal with everything." The story continues, "Despite concerns expressed about general aviation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, there are still no safety restrictions on these smaller planes, no metal detectors or screening of luggage. ... 'You can just drive up to your plane, load it with whatever you want and be off in 15 minutes,' said [a TSA spokesman]."