Pilots have no rights in war on drugs

06/14/2013 | Flying online

A federal program trains its agents to treat the pilots of detained aircraft as if they have no right to refuse the search. "What they taught law enforcement officers and agents was that all aircraft can be detained since they all fall under the ... authority of the FAA," an unnamed source told Flying magazine. Airplanes suspected of drug trafficking are detained by law enforcement and searched.

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