SEATTLE - Military fighter jets were scrambled to respond to an airspace violation near Air Force One in Seattle, causing sonic booms that were heard throughout Western Washington.
This event brings up all sorts of questions surrounding what happened and why.
1.Why did we have to have jets from Portland Air National Guard fly here when we have an Air Force base (McChord) a shorter distance away? What's the protocol for who is guarding us? We also have Ft. Lewis right next to McChord so there's no dearth of aircraft in the area.
2. It seems there needs to be a change in regulations for private planes if the pilot of the float plane was unaware of the closed air space around Air Force One. How can any small plane be in the air and not have to be aware of what is going on around him/her? With all the electronic capabilities these days, being out of contact is just dangerous and inexcusable.
With all that said, I'm glad the system of protection of our President works. This was a great show of how alert and ready we are in the event of emergencies. One thing though...God save us from the idiots who call 911 like it's their private news update service.