Aircraft registration system said to pose security risks

The Federal Aviation Administration is facing the prospect of two outside reviews and a push from Congress for greater transparency after a report found that decades of lax oversight had left the United States vulnerable to drug dealers and even terrorists who seek to anonymously register planes here.

The Globe Spotlight team’s “Secrets in the sky” investigation revealed that the owners of more than 50,000 planes have used tactics that can help hide their identities in FAA registration papers, making it easier to fly anonymously. Critics warn that the United States is becoming a haven for people who want to hide their ownership of planes, including corrupt politicians and South American drug cartels.

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Source: Boston Globe