A wealthy Chicago-area woman of retirement age decided to take her hobby plane out for a spin during President Obama's visit, without bothering to check on flight restrictions first, or even have her radio on during the flight. When F-16s scrambled to evaluate a potential threat, she claims she thought they were just slowing down to admire her cute little plane (which recently won a prize at the EAA airshow). Once on the ground, she was forced to fill out a report with the FAA, and she complained that they listed her age.
I don't for a minute believe this woman is stupid or senile. She is so accustomed to getting her way and not being required to follow the rules that most of us must follow that she fully expects to get off scott-free, with her pilot's license intact. Her attitude reminds me of Leona "Only the Little People Pay Taxes" Helmsley. She claims that she usually checks online for flight restrictions before going out, but her computer wasn't working properly that day, so she skipped it. I suspect that she rarely, if ever, bothers. Another possibility is that her little flight was meant as a giant F-U to the adminstration, so she could laugh about it with her friends the next time she is entertaining.
What she did is exactly the sort of thing that terrorists do to test security before a big strike. Can you imagine the outcry if the pilot of the small plane had been a man of Middle Eastern or South Asian origin rather than a wealthy older white woman? Chances are, the pilot would be cooling his heels in a military brig somewhere while his background and actions were investigated.
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