NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV – The bizarre theft of a plane at the North Las Vegas Airport has sparked concerns about security, prompting pilots to take precautions and airport officials to promise a review. The suspect, already wanted for a felony probation violation, allegedly flew the stolen aircraft to California, leaving behind a trail of beer bottles and part of a joint inside the cockpit.
Pilots Take Action:
Faced with inadequate security measures, pilots at the airport are taking matters into their own hands. Many are moving their planes closer to surveillance cameras or lights, while others are using heavier chains to secure their aircraft. Some are even considering relocating to a more secure airport.
Calls for Increased Security:
Long-time pilot and aviation attorney Jeff Lustick believes it’s time for a serious discussion about airport security. He’s urging airport officials to hold a meeting with pilots to discuss measures like:
- Increased surveillance: More cameras and security personnel patrolling the airfield.
- Security officers: Dedicated officers stationed at strategic locations.
- Fencing: Enclosing the airport to restrict unauthorized access.
“This incident serves as a wake-up call,” Lustick emphasizes. “We need to work together to ensure the safety of our aircraft and the entire aviation community.”
Flight instructor Will Bradley agrees: “Smaller airports like this have needed better security for years. The TSA or local law enforcement needs to step up their presence.” He believes increased patrols and a visible police presence would deter potential thieves.
Airport Officials Respond:
In a statement, the North Las Vegas Airport acknowledged the need for vigilance:
- They are working closely with police to investigate the incident and identify further details.
- Security remains their top priority, and they constantly review procedures.
- They collaborate with the North Las Vegas Police Department for law enforcement and have a private security company patrolling after hours.
- They hold regular meetings with tenants to discuss airport matters and encourage safety precautions.
The Future of Security:
While the suspect is in custody, the stolen plane incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities present at smaller airports. Pilots are demanding concrete action to improve security, and airport officials are promising a thorough review. Whether this incident will lead to significant changes remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the aviation community in North Las Vegas is on high alert.
Credits: Fox 5 Vegas
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