Flight school fears
Report: Students aren't vetted properly
- Duration 3:55
- Date Jul 21, 2012
Report: Students aren't vetted properly
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-- decade over a decade after the biggest terror attack in history one makers say the TSA still isn't doing enough to secure.
US flight schools -- he's got a new report by the Government Accountability Office Republican congressman's claim.
Foreign students at these schools are being vetted properly a revelation -- puts Americans at risk.
Alabama congressman Mike Rogers is leading the fight to change this.
He's the chairman of the -- transportation subcommittee -- congress thanks for joining us let's explain what we were talking about right here.
There are flight schools that allow that -- actually train foreign students without vetting whether they're on a no fly zone.
The no fly list I'm sorry is that true.
Well there's two different things first of all the report was.
What focused on making -- that students that were here illegal before nationals who were in this country illegally were baited so that they could receive -- training.
What we learned at the hearing -- just to decide in shocking revelation.
Was that if -- in this country illegally but you're on the no fly list you can still get fly list and so we won't let them sit on the plane is a passenger.
But we'll teach -- -- to get cockpit and fly well how did this happen how did this you don't fly under the radar so to speak.
Well obviously the -- TSA is bloated more concerned about trying to manage this monstrous size.
Organization they've got in being focused -- the threat.
There is no excuse you know what we were stunned when we saw the GAO report that showed that this is happening and and it's not an infrequent or occasional occurrence that -- is classified but it has been happening on a regular basis for years.
In the TSA they acknowledged.
In the hearing underscore under oath as the GAO made them.
And it what was even more disturbing is the very next day a secretary in the -- Tonto testifying for the Judiciary Committee.
Was asked about this issue -- not it -- -- is not a problem sort of been taking care of so.
Either she's and in -- she doesn't know I don't know which goes want to let let let's stop right there -- -- was asked about it and she said it's already been taking care of yet you find it hasn't been taking care -- that is that accurate that we -- that's exactly my point S -- say it's got the news has gotten more disturbing since Wednesday's hearing.
In the thirty Judiciary Committee hearing one of the members of the homeland security committee.
Who was in our hearing.
Raise this issue with her because obviously TSA comes under her jurisdiction.
And she said that the TSA official was an error and this is the TSA official to testify before us was the head of the general aviation department.
He has full responsibility for over a certifying these airports airports and bidding potential student he acknowledged that it was not up to speed they're trying to -- it.
So either she didn't know or she doesn't trust thrown TSA officials.
Where does that money get to the statement just 12 is it concerning -- that they head of Homeland Security.
Is unaware of what's going on but these flight schools in the TSA is is allowing foreign nationals who -- -- a no fly list.
To learn how to fly.
It's not just concerning it's upsetting and it's unacceptable.
You know one of the things that -- -- in the hearing is this is basic blocking and tackling.
We needed to of the tiers and not eleven moon took flat lessons they weren't it just didn't get a lot since they or even interest of learning how to land -- won't knows how to take off and -- -- to -- One of the things the secretary of Paula tunnel -- it was well once they get their losses there regularly debated against the no fly list about -- and terrorist in this country you're not interest didn't get the last and he has -- -- a fly.
I got to leave it there congress -- grudge from Alabama I really want to follow upon the general Paul Thomas statement.
We after -- -- the -- from the TSA quote TSA is reviewing the weather the current statute.
Should be amended but must review the specifics in the bill.
At the secretary's direction TSA is giving consideration to amend these regulations congressman Mike Rogers from Alabama thank you --