Why Jet Owners Donít Want to Be Tracked
Mark Maremont And Tom McGinty
Wall Street Journal
The Federal Aviation Administration, which had proposed including private jets in public flight-tracking records unless a plane owner wrote to certify a valid security concern, received nearly 500 such letters Ė and the related public outcry in 2011 led Congress to force the FAA to let an aircraft owner block flight information for any reason.
The Wall Street Journal used FOIA to obtain copies of almost all of the letters, albeit with redactions, eighteen months after filing a FOIA request.
Federal Aviation Administration, threat, airspace, jet, security, air traffic control, Lockheed Martin Corp., Chevron Corp., Marathon Petroleum Corp., Oxbow Group, William Koch, Penn National Gaming Inc., Cleveland Browns, Emerson Electric Co., BNY Mellon, News Corp., Merck & Co., Humana Inc., United States Steel Corp., Aflac Inc., Walt Disney Co., Joe Gibbs Racing, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Leslie's Poolmart Inc., Idaho Potato Packers Corp.
The number of aircraft masked by their owners had fallen below 700 before Congress acted in late 2011; an April 2013 list included more than 5,100 American-registered aircraft.
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