County Considers Tighter Rules for Foreign Flight School Students, to Prevent Terrorism

Proposal calls it a "travesty" that nearly 11 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, federal agencies have not done enough to prevent a reoccurrence.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors next week will consider supporting federal legislation to tighten scrutiny on foreign nationals who attempt to receive flight training in the U.S.

At their Tuesday meeting, the supervisors will also consider a proposed local ordinance to require 11 flight schools that operate at San Diego County- run airports, including , to comply with vetting and screening programs for foreign students.

The proposal by Supervisor Dianne Jacobs calls it a "travesty" that nearly 11 years after the terrorist attacks, federal agencies have not done enough to prevent a reoccurrence. She cited a July report from the General Accounting Office that said foreign nationals who are security risks could use loopholes in order to receive flight training.

Several of the hijackers lived in San Diego, but did not receive flight training in the area. Several of the others trained in other cities.

HR 6159 would require all foreign nationals who apply to flight schools be checked against a terrorist watch list.

The federal bill has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Transportation.

-City News Service

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sheeple herder September 05, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Duh...? It only took almost 11 years.
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