TSA Let 25 Illegal Aliens Attend Flight School Owned by Illegal Alien

Edwin Mora, CNS News, July 18, 2012

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved flight training for 25 illegal aliens at a Boston-area flight school that was owned by yet another illegal alien, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The illegal-alien flight-school attendees included eight who had entered the country illegally and 17 who had overstayed their allowed period of admission into the United States, according to an audit by the GAO.

Six of the illegal aliens were actually able to get pilot’s licenses.

Discovery of the trouble at the flight school began when local police—not federal authorities—pulled over the owner of the school on a traffic violation and were able to determine that he was an illegal alien.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Ala.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, said he found the GAO’s findings “amazing.”

“We have cancer patients, Iraq War veterans and Nobel Prize winners all forced to undergo rigorous security checks before getting on an airplane,” said Rogers, “and at the same time, ten years after 9/11, there are foreign nationals in the United States trained to fly just like Mohammed Atta and the other 9/11 hijackers did, and not all of them are necessarily getting a security background check.”

Stephen Lord, who is the GAO’s director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, testified about the matter Wednesday in Rogers’ subcommittee. Rogers asked him: “Isn’t it true that, based on your report, the Transportation Security Administration cannot assure the American people that foreign terrorists are not in this country learning how to fly airplanes, yes or no?”

Lord responded: “At this time, no.”

Although the illegal alien who owned the Massachusetts flight school had not undergone a required TSA security threat assessment and had not been approved for flight training by the agency, he nonetheless held two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot licenses, also known as FAA certificates.

The GAO report, released today, is entitled General Aviation Security: TSA’s Process for Ensuring Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Risk Has Weaknesses.


A GAO official told CNSNews.com that, based on their names, none of the 25 illegal aliens who attended the flight school appeared to be from Muslim countries. Instead, they had Latin American names.


The GAO’s Stephen Lord, in his prepared remarks, told lawmakers that the TSA does not screen new and existing FAA pilot license holders against the Terrorist Screening Database until after the foreign national has completed flight training.

“Thus, foreign nationals obtaining flight training with the intent to do harm, such as three of the pilots and leaders of the September 11 terrorist attacks, could have already obtained the training needed to operate an aircraft before they received any type of vetting,” warned the GAO.

The TSA and ICE are working on a pilot program for vetting the names of foreign nationals against immigration databases.


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  • Cogitator

    The TSA gropes little children and grandmas, but they are still letting illegal aliens in to attend flight school. What do you want to bet that no one loses their job over this? No one did after 9/11, so this will be no different.

    Are we a nation of fools for tolerating this?

    • Boeing and the French are introducing some new aircraft that hijackers need to learn how to fly.  More hijacking means job security for TSA.  TSA may even want to help potential hijackers choose the best flights.  

  • I thought no flight school was illegal.

    • Rocky Bass,

       Actually my second instructor was illegal at the time I flew with him. He has since gotten his papers straight and is still trying to get on with a regional.

      • Major

        No MORE H1B Visas…..We have plenty of pilots here looking for work and we don’t need any more damn foreign nationals taking those job…let him go back to where he came from…they must have an airline he can apply to? Unless it’s in Africa.

        • Rocky Bass,

           Funny you should mention this today, as Chris just called to tell me he was hired and is to start type training on the SAAB 340 next month. Chris while of Philippino decent was born in Canada and held Canadian citizenship. At MVP Aero most students were foreign nationals, with all plans of going home and working for airlines abroad, we just have a good learning environment for pilot training in the states. 

          • Rocky Bass,

             That and international air control is all in English too.

          • Major

            I agree…they should go back. I’ve worked with too many H1B Canadians in my time that needn’t be here. In the past 5 years most have been denied these visa and gone back to Canada, some to Jamacia and South America. Since my service flight days are over…I have an ATP and have had a few jobs with Part 135 operators lost due to H1B’s.

            I persisted and have a nice G4 gig with a private company and flying Part 91…which suites me fine.

          • Rocky Bass,

             Just got back from Wally World (was out of coffee for in the morning).
            Hey, sounds like you got it made then, a G4 is a really nice piece of kit in it’s own right. Propellers and recip singles seem to be all I will ever touch :(, not that I fly for a career or anything. Still it’s a degrading thing to always be the potential “bug on some else’s windscreen”.

  • If someone had told Ben Franklin that one day federal employees would be tasked to feel the breasts of women traveling from one place to anouther, put their hands down diapers, and look at naked images of little girls he would respond “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security”

    • IstvanIN

      Don’t forget touching men’s penises, making crippled children take off their braces to walk through detectors, handcuffing 80 year old women who get upset when their 90 year old wheelchair-bound husbands are molested, making people walk around shoeless, and irradiate thousands for no good end.  What a country.

      • Rocky Bass,

         Found guilty on sight and sentenced to “gate rape”, by truculent overweight minorities with a grudge.
        I can just hear the ol star spangle banner trumpeting off in the background…

    • When will we say NO?

        If we say NO, TSA would start to shut down airports and airlines would begin to loose $millions.  Soon there would be transportation chaos around the nation and foreign nations would order their airlines to avoid the US.   You must realize that as time goes by TSA becomes more BOLD and is now planning to grope people at bus stations and on Interstate highways.  When will we read about the first case of TSA transmitted STD.

  • Muslims like to dress up as Hispanics to sneak across the Southern border.  Would it be so outrageous for them to take a Spanish-sounding name in the process?  I don’t think Allah would mind.

    • Major

      No wonder Rosetta Stone has been so successful.

  • Rocky Bass,

    All the “security theater” we get at the airports is just to get us used to kissing rings and licking boots. We are told we are dealing with suicidal maniacs, so what’s to stop one from swallowing 5+ pounds of C4 or Semtex filled condoms along with a chemical fuse and just walking right onto a flight? Truth be told, we have done NOTHING to improve “security” in my eyes, and nothing was required. No Muslo-maniac is going to be able to highjack a plane again, as they would be beaten to death. It wold be an expensive stoning (laptops and cell phones), but very effective, to say the least.

  • TSA is a jobs program for the otherwise unemployable.

    • Rocky Bass,

       You got that spot on, Groping the grannies, Americans wont.

  • Rocky Bass,

     True, my point was that no American group of passengers is going to allow their plane to be used as a directed weapon against ground targets EVER AGAIN. Masses of people are always going to be attractive soft targets for suicide bombers or just bombers in general.  

    • Look at the coin from the other side.  After 9/11, the Al Qaeda types knew they could never pull that same stunt again, for the reasons you say.  If they commit another major act of terrorism in America, it will be due to a vulnerability we are totally missing right now.  If they weren’t here to begin with, it wouldn’t matter what our vulnerabilities were or weren’t.  In fact, our post-1965 immigration system has always been our biggest vulnerability.

      • Major

        “our post-1965 immigration system has always been our biggest vulnerability..”

        And you and I both know where that fraud Ted the swimmer Kennedy is, don’t we. One fat bloated drunk has basically ruined a good country. Just as Barney and Dodd have ruined the banking and home owning business.
        Are they in jail? Nope…Blarney just married his “sweetheart” Bob…and Dodd retires on a fat government pension. When they both should be in prison.

  • mikebowen55

    The dhs is too busy putting out memos calling veterans, gun owners, supporters of the Constitution, and Ron Paul supporters terrorists to be concerned with anything else. 

    You see, to the federal government and it’s elite backers we are the ‘terrorists’ who must be destroyed.  They are not crazy or incompetent but rather they have a clear goal in mind.  That goal is to eliminate any political power we have remaining and to turn this nation  (and all of the West) into a third world slum.