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Questionable individuals retain U.S. pilots licenses

Analysis of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) database made available to showed that "a notorious drug kingpin, a convicted arms trafficker and several other individuals linked to aviation-connected crimes continue to hold FAA pilots licenses," according to a report by Eric Longabardi and Joseph Rhee. The findings raise questions in the efforts of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and the FAA in purging individuals who pose a threat to national security.

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