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Flying could be less painful for private planes in future

There needs to be a balance between security and ease of travel that appeases both law enforcement officials and those looking to fly unfettered. NPR recently reported on the US government's changing stance toward border patrol when it comes to smaller, private planes.

According to the source, pilots who fly small planes for personal use may have made an impact on national security operations. Owners and operators of these smaller aircrafts claim that security officials spend too much time investigating them unlawfully, especially in smaller, rural areas. Sometimes, pilots can take off in small vehicles and think everything is normal until they land and are met with officers in body armor.

Although the instances described in this piece seem to have mostly passed by uneventfully for those being searched, the amount of civilian planes that get searched seems to be fairly large and occasionally extreme, with one man targeted by 40 officers after landing in Michigan.

In the Florida Keys-based news source KeysNet, a representative from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association named Ken Mead describes the hardship that too much police attention can cause. Considering the amount of force that comes out to greet these unassuming pilots, "you need to have a reasonable suspicion that illegal activity has occurred or is about to occur," Mead says.

With the help of accredited charter services, passengers can count on transportation that will take them where they need to go without any unnecessary holdups. It might seem that there's a lot out of customers' hands when the government is this vigilant, but a private plane provider should at least be able to try and negotiate with the customs checks and border patrols painlessly.