Senators question TSA, FAA in case of flying fugitives

08/19/2009 |

The FBI has a $50,000 bounty on a Seattle man accused of domestic terrorism, yet Joseph Mahmoud Dibee is still licensed to fly his single-engine aircraft in U.S. airspace. The New York Times says Dibee is one of seven people who kept their pilots' licenses despite being considered a threat to U.S. national security. The glitch apparently occurred because officials never compared the FBI's wanted list with the FAA's list of licensed pilots. Members of the Senate Commerce Committee wrote to the TSA and FAA last week, seeking reasons for the "apparent weaknesses in the existing vetting system."

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