TSA Advisory—Security Information for Aircraft Owners/Operators & Airport Managers

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Advisory — Security Information for
Aircraft Owners/Operators & Airport Managers

April 20, 2006

On April 13, 2006, a message posted in Arabic on a web forum explained how to identify private American jets and urged Muslims to destroy all such aircraft:

"Destroy private American aircraft…We call upon all Muslims to follow and identify private civilian American aircrafts in all airports of the world…It is the duty of Muslims to destroy all types of private American aircrafts that are of the types Gulf Stream and Lear Jet and all small jet aircraft usually used by distinguished (people) and businessmen."

The message also advised readers how to identify American aircraft and provided the tail number of a private aircraft allegedly used by the CIA.

TSA reminds general aviation aircraft and airport owners and operators to review the security measures contained in the TSA Information Publication, Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s materials Airport Watch Program materials. In addition, general aviation aircraft and airport owners and operators are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Secure unattended aircraft to prevent unauthorized use.

  • Verify the identification of crew and passengers prior to departure.

  • Verify that baggage and cargo are known to the persons on board.

  • Where identification systems are in place, encourage employees to wear proper identification and challenge persons not wearing proper identification.

  • Direct increased vigilance to unknown pilots and/or clients for aircraft rental or charters – as well as unknown service/delivery personnel.

  • Be alert/aware of and report persons masquerading as pilots, security personnel, emergency medical technicians, or other personnel using uniforms and/or vehicles as methods to gain access to aviation facilities or aircraft.

  • Be alert/aware of and report aircraft with unusual or unauthorized modifications.

  • Be alert/aware of and report persons loitering in the vicinity of aircraft or air operations areas – as well as persons loading unusual or unauthorized payload onto aircraft.

  • Be alert/aware of and report persons who appear to be under stress or the control of other persons.

  • Be alert/aware of and report persons whose identification appears altered or inconsistent.

The theft of any General Aviation aircraft should be immediately reported to the appropriate authorities and the TSA General Aviation Hotline at 866-GASECUR (866-427-3287). In addition, persons should report any suspicious activity immediately to local law enforcement and the TSA General Aviation Hotline.

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