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From ProPublica:

Most private plane owners would no longer be able to prevent the public from tracking their flights in real time under a new policy being considered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a trade group.

As we reported last year, plane owners can currently keep their flight information secret for any reason by simply having the trade group send a request to the Federal Aviation Administration. While that policy was created for security and competitive business concerns, ProPublica found a number of individuals and companies that signed up for the program after receiving bad publicity.

Among them were a televangelist facing a congressional inquiry, governors who had been questioned about personal trips on state planes, college athletic programs seeking to hide recruiting trips and Fortune 500 companies that had received government bailouts.

Now, the government is considering limiting the program to plane owners who can prove a legitimate security concern, Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association, said in a letter posted Monday on the group’s website.



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