TSA Watch: AOPA And The "Dumbbell" TFR

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As the nation's political season approaches with a fury, so do new, larger and more prevalent temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). As President Bush and presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry hit the road, TFRs will follow them everywhere they go -- kind of like a homing beacon. And now, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), comes the "dumbbell" TFR: two circular areas connected by a narrower corridor. Even though the FAA's TFR Web site isn't even close to being up to the task of plotting these in real time, you're still expected to avoid them. Meanwhile, AOPA says the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has asked it to remind pilots that they must be alert for TFRs and possible interceptions. Said NORAD, "Non-compliance may result in the use of force." You've been warned.