Friday, December 10, 2010

Noted in passing

It seems that the Federal Aviation Administration is unclear about the ownership of 119,000 privately-owned aircraft in the US, some one-third of the total number. It's
a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.
The planes have
"questionable registration" because of missing forms, invalid addresses, unreported sales or other paperwork problems, according to the FAA. In many cases, the FAA cannot say who owns a plane or even whether it is still flying or has been junked.
Meanwhile, the rest of us have to go barefoot through the strip-or-grope gauntlet.

See how much safer they've made us?


tim said...

Hey Larry,
Please consider adding your name to this:

LarryE said...

Sorry guy, but no. The letter is great, the links are great, and I'd encourage everyone to read it but the site demands that you supply a full name and street address in order to sign the letter, information which the terms of service indicate it will retain and release to any law enforcement "or other government agency" on request. Not as the result of a warrant or court order, but a "request."

Neither the letter nor, more importantly, the site, has any need for such personally-indentifying information held with such feeble protection. While my real name and address are out there in the world in any number of ways, as a matter of personal principle I avoid where possible dealing with places that demand personal information, promise to "protect" it, and then say they'll spill it to any cop who asks for it.

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