AOPA?s Airport Watch encourages anyone who notices something suspicious to report it by calling the toll-free hotline, 866-GA-SECURE, or 911 if immediate response is needed. 866-GA-SECURE is staffed 24/7 by TSA employees, and each incident that is reported is investigated. ?Airport Watch is a simple, cost-effective program that works at all airports,? said Boyer. ?If eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, then we?re taking this opportunity to remind pilots to protect their freedom to fly by keeping a watchful eye on their local airports.?
As part of the updated program, AOPA and TSA this week mailed a letter, brochure, and Airport Watch decals to every pilot in the country. In addition, airport managers, state aviation directors, select state legislators, and many FAA offices will receive a training DVD about Airport Watch and are asked to promote the program.