9/11 Redux: 'Thousands of Aliens' in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally

The statement did not address the issue of the thousands of students who have received pilot training and licenses with improper visas, other than to say they "are only one of the multiple layers of security" that the government relies on to "ensure that foreign nationals approved for flight training do not pose a threat to U.S. aviation security." The DHS said it conducts security threat assessments "on all non-U.S. citizens seeking flight training."

Read a letter from Aviation Safety Inspector Edward H. Blount on foreign students in U.S. flight schools.

Eric Longabardi is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles who is a frequent contributor to the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

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