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Homeland Security Transportation Security Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Continued Efforts to Prevent Terrorists from Entering U.S. Flight Schools

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Location: Washington, DC

The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, chaired by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), will hold a hearing entitled "A Decade After 9/11 Could American Flight Schools Still Unknowingly Be Training Terrorists?" tomorrow at 10 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

At tomorrow's hearing, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will release a report entitled "General Aviation Security: Weaknesses Exist in TSA's Process for Ensuring Foreign Flight Students Do Not Pose a Security Threat." Members will have the opportunity to review the report's findings on the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).

In addition, Members will hear directly from the TSA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agencies involved with the AFSP, on how they are ensuring the proper vetting of foreign nationals enrolling in U.S. flight schools.

Rogers said: "Created in direct response to 9/11, TSA's Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) is meant to ensure that terrorists can never again exploit holes in our vetting and information sharing processes for training foreign nationals at flight schools in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently uncovered weaknesses in the AFSP which call into question the TSA's effectiveness at making sure foreign nationals training at U.S. flight schools do not pose a security threat. It is disturbing to learn we could still be vulnerable to the same actions the 9/11 hijackers took over a decade ago. This hearing will examine the findings and recommendations in GAO's new report."

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