The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is writing to the Department of Homeland Security to seek answers on why a growing number of pilots and aircraft are being searched at the request of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials and on what authority the searches are taking place. AOPA is also developing a checklist for pilots who encounter such situations. The association has received reports of at least 20 such incidents in which a pilot encounters a CBP-spurred “ramp check” that ...

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