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Sen. Grassley Critical of FAA Registration Loopholes

Grassley Report Faults FAA for Loopholes in Registration Process

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chair of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, has released a report highlighting the exploitation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration loopholes by drug cartels and other criminal entities.

The report underscores the role of these loopholes in facilitating the global drug trade and posing a threat to national security. 


According to Grassley, the FAA's lax approach to registration has enabled criminals to use shell companies and noncitizen trusts to register aircraft in the United States. These planes are often employed by cartels to transport and deliver illicit drugs, exacerbating the drug crisis and imposing additional burdens on law enforcement. Grassley criticized the FAA for its "stubborn habit of rubber-stamping registrants," which has left the door open for drug traffickers and potential terrorists to operate with relative impunity.

 The report draws attention to the FAA's slow response to recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2020. Out of 15 suggested actions to address vulnerabilities in the registration process, the FAA has only implemented three. Key recommendations that remain unaddressed include expanded information sharing from registrants, verification of applicants' information and eligibility, improved data collection and analysis of registrants and aircraft owners, and enhanced coordination with law enforcement agencies.

Grassley expressed his intention to push for holding the FAA accountable and advocating for legislative measures to address these issues. The senator's report sheds light on a critical aspect of national security and calls for immediate action to close the loopholes in the FAA's registration process that are currently being exploited by criminal organizations.

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