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With Alleged Plane Thief In Custody, Airport Steps Up Security

Following the recent theft of an aircraft, The Monroe County Airport is stepping up security even though the accused thief is now in custody.

  • A make-shift warning sign is posted in a window at the Monroe County Airport following the theft of a plane.

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    Photo: Thomas Conti/WTIU

    An advisory committee will examine different options available to the airport. Two such avenues might be improving contact lists so all pilots and personnel can be quickly alerted to a problem and posting signs asking for increased watchfulness.

  • A plane prepares for take-off on the runway at Monroe County Airport.

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    Photo: Thomas Conti/WTIU

    Following the recent theft of an aircraft, The Monroe County Airport is stepping up security even though the thief is now in custody.

  • The password requred lock on a chain link fence at the Monroe County Airport.

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    Photo: Thomas Conti/WTIU

    The airport exceeds all security regulations governing corporate class airports. Despite that, Peyton said the airport has decided to reevaluate its security measures.

  • Monroe County Airport Director Bruce Peyton sits in a chair in his office.

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    Photo: Thomas Conti

    Monroe County Airport Director Bruce Peyton is quick to point out that despite the theft of a plane from his facility, allegedly by 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, the airport exceeds all security regulations governing corporate class airports. Peyton says an advisory committee will examine different security options available to the airport to help prevent future thefts.

Following the recent theft of an aircraft, The Monroe County Airport is stepping up security even though the accused thief is now in custody.

Monroe County Airport Director Bruce Peyton is quick to point out that despite the theft of a plane from his facility, allegedly by 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore, the airport exceeds all security regulations governing corporate class airports.  Despite that, Peyton said the airport has decided to reevaluate its security measures.  An advisory committee will examine different options available to the airport.  Two such avenues might be improving contact lists so all pilots and personnel can be quickly alerted to a problem and posting signs asking for increased watchfulness.  Peyton said another important initiative the airport is tackling is public education.

“We also want to try to inform the public about the security associated with general aviation airports and how it is not the same security requirements you would expect to see at the international airports,” Peyton said.

Colton Harris-Moore is accused stealing dozens of vehicles during a two-year period in which he eluded authorities.  The plane went missing from Monroe County Airport over the July 4th weekend, and was found crashed off the coast of the Bahamas just days before Harris-Moore was captured there.

Arianna Prothero

Arianna Prothero started at WFIU as a reporter in May of 2008. She is now the Interim Assistant Radio News Director and, along with her reporting duties, produces WFIU’s Noon Edition and anchors All Things Considered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Arianna holds her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Political Science with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies.

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