What Should I Consider Suspicious?
- Associate or relative of a known terrorist or extremist organization
- Seeks to pay cash for flight simulator sessions
- Threatening comments and threats of violence against the US or individuals
- Criminal activity and arrests
- Aviation knowledge inconsistent with alleged/reported flight experience
- No pilot’s license
- Requests for specific or specialty simulator routes or instructions that are inconsistent with commercial flight (e.g., flying low altitude, disabling transponders in-flight, disabling cockpit door lockout procedures)
- Wears a crew member uniform or possesses employee credentials for an airline not listed on their resume
- Wears a crew member uniform of an airline without corroborating credentials
- Unfamiliarity with aviation terms or flight controls
- Students emphasizing accelerated completion of training
- Not affiliated with an airline, flight school, or known flight instructor
- Flight hours and/or resume inconsistencies
- Minimal flight experience in any type of aircraft
- Minimal experience in similar flight simulator
- Threats, coercion, or attempts to bribe trainers for certifications
- Seeks flight simulator sessions to deal with fear of flying or similar phobias
- Significantly altered appearance (shaving beard, hair color, style of dress)
- Burns on hands or body, chemical bleaching of skin or hair
- Nervous or secretive behavior, sweating, avoids eye contact
- Unemployed with little or no financial support
- Training sponsored by groups or agencies not normally associated with flying
Note: It is important to remember that just because someone’s speech, actions, beliefs, appearance, or way of life is different, it does not mean that he or she is suspicious.
What Should I Do?
Be Part of the Solution
- Require valid ID from all new customers.
- Keep records of purchases.
- Talk to customers, ask questions, and listen to and observe their responses.
- Watch for people and actions that are out of place.
- Make note of suspicious statements, people, and/or vehicles.
- If something seems wrong, notify law enforcement authorities.
Do not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
Preventing terrorism is a community effort. By learning what to look for, you can make a positive contribution in the fight against terrorism. The partnership between the community and law enforcement is essential to the success of anti-terrorism efforts.
Some of the activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement professionals in a larger context to determine whether there is a basis to investigate. The activities outlined on this handout are by no means all-inclusive but have been compiled from a review of terrorist events over several years.
Osceola County Sheriff’s Office