"It is difficult to understand how
the pilot of a Cessna 150 strayed into the restricted airspace over
Washington, DC, and it is regrettable that the pilot's apparent
loss of situational awareness prompted the evacuation of government
buildings and caused security responses to be set off.
However, the event demonstrated that the system works. The
Cessna was promptly identified by security officials, military
fighter jets escorted the plane to a nearby airport, and law
enforcement authorities detained the pilot and co-pilot."
These procedures were put in place following the terrorist
attacks of September 11, 2001. They are part of a myriad of
voluntary and regulatory changes the industry and government have
made to strengthen airport and airspace security, while still
allowing for mobility of aircraft. It is a system that works."