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AOPA's Airport Watch — TSA anti-terrorism hotline goes online Monday
Posted on Wednesday, November 27 @ 09:25:43 EST by Caroline
Call 1-866-GA-SECURE to report suspicious activity Nov. 26 — The toll-free number to report suspicious activity at an airport — 1-866-GA-SECURE (1-866-427-3287) goes online Monday, December. 2. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is funding and operating the 24/7 hotline, has partnered with AOPA in providing an easy-to-remember national number as part of AOPA's Airport Watch program to help protect national security at our nation’s general aviation airports. “Airport Watch is designed to work like the highly successful neighborhood watch programs used in communities across the country, said AOPA President Phil Boyer. “Who better to know-what's normal and what's suspicious at a local airport than the people who spend a lot of time there? We encourage all pilots to watch for unusual or suspicious activities and report them.”

The program is much more than a telephone number, however. AOPA has created posters and pamphlets to show pilots examples of suspicious activities, steps pilots can take to help law enforcement, and sensible precautions for improving airport security. The brochure is available online, and will be mailed to the more than 388,000 AOPA member pilots in December. AOPA has also produced a training video with several terrorist scenarios acted out. Law enforcement officials participated in the production, providing realism for the police response to the threats shown on tape. More...

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