Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Disaster waiting to happen

...Any non-U.S. citizen hoping to pilot, or even hop in a flight simulator, must submit identifying information, including country of origin and date of birth, as well as a recent photograph and multiple sets of fingerprints. Those are then screened against a number of criminal and Homeland Security databases.

TSA has performed background checks on about 230,000 foreign flight students since 2005, which amounts to nearly 77,000 checks per year. TSA assumes each student will undergo two applications per year. Less than 200 people have been rejected from the program, according to TSA records.....

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