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Proposal: Monitoring Foreign Flight Students In San Diego

The term non-international students in the first paragraph, third line of my post should read NON-NATO international students. Please excuse the typo.

February 3, 2014 at 3:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposal: Monitoring Foreign Flight Students In San Diego

Congress is dragging its feet on the vetting of foreign flight school students. I support Supervisor Jacob’s attempt to add a layer of oversight at the local level by increasing contacts between county airport operators and flight school operators catering to non-international students. What are the flight school operators afraid of?

There are serious security issues here. Let’s not forget that the 9/11 high jackers trained at Montgomery field, a flight school operating in the county was closed down in the past for not vetting foreign flight students properly and county airports are very close to large U.S. military installations; Miramar Marine Air Station and North Island Naval Air Station and Camp Pendleton to name a few. Non-Nato flight school students should be nowhere near these places or our precious water reservoirs like Lake Jennings which they fly over routinely.

I applaud the Supervisor Jacob’s action. More local leaders across the country need to show some courage and follow her lead.

February 3, 2014 at 2:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )