An otherwise-unexplained message from the FAA yesterday to pilots who have signed up for regular safety announcements. Click for larger:
TFR's are the no-fly (or pretty-much-don't-fly) zones that pop up when important figures travel or unusually large crowds gather. They're biggest and most seriously enforced when a President is on the road -- for example, here's what Barack Obama's stint in Martha's Vineyard has been doing to air travel in the Mass Bay area:
The point for now is not the extent of presidential-protection regulations but the foreshadowed general upsurge in TFRs "across the country." Dare we hope this is merely because the authorities expect many political figures to be in the air between now and Election Day? That's the most benign explanation for expecting to need more security, so I will for the moment assume that this is all that's going on. But it wouldn't have hurt for the FAA to add an extra sentence about the reasoning.
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