See What Happens When A Plane Violates Presidential Airspace | TODAY

See What Happens When A Plane Violates Presidential Airspace | TODAY


>>JEFF ROSSEN IS HERE TO SHOW US.>>GOOD MORNING. IT’S MONDAY. WE’RE ALL ACUTELY AWARE. BACK AT WORK. AND SO IS THE PRESIDENT. HE SPENDS MANY WEEKENDS AWAY FROM WASHINGTON AND INCLUDING THIS PAST WEEKEND. WHEN HE’S NOT AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THERE’S A MASSIVE MILITARY EFFORT TO KEEP HIM SAFE. THE ENTIRE AREA FROZEN. ONE OF THE BIGGEST THREATS FROM THE AIR, PLANES GETTING TOO CLOSE. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A ROGUE AIRCRAFT FLIES NEAR THE PRESIDENT AND WON’T LEAVE THE AIR SPACE. THIS MORNING, WE’RE GETTING ACCESS UP CLOSE WITH FIGHTER JETS IN ACTION.>>PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ON THE MOVE. SPENDING TIME AWAY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, TO HIS MAR-A-LAGO REPORT, AND HIS GOLF COURSE IN NEW JERSEY. ON THE GROUND, HEAVY SECURITY YOU CAN SEE. IN THE AIR, IT’S JUST AS INTENSE. BUT MOST OF US NEVER GET TO SEE IT, UNTIL NOW. THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD PROTECTING THE SKIES AND GIVING US RARE ACCESS.>>WHEN THE PRESIDENT MOVES AROUND, THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION PUTS A TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTION IN PLACE AND WE DEFEND IT.>>Reporter: WHAT HAPPENS IF AN UNIDENTIFIED AIRCRAFT FLIES INTO THE NO-FLY ZONE, RIGHT INTO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WE SET UP A DEMO WITH THIS CESSNA AND THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD. I’M GOING TO BE INSIDE THIS CESSNA AND WE’RE GOING ROGUE. WE’RE GOING TO FLY INTO THAT NO-FLY ZONE AND SEE HOW THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD DOES IT. THEY SCRAMBLE THE FIGHTER JETS NEAR US AND HOW THEY GET US DOWN TO THE GROUND AND SAFE. WE BARREL DOWN THE RUNWAY.>>TAKEOFF, WE’RE OFF.>>Reporter: FLYING FOR MILES AND MILES. UNTIL — WE JUST ASKED THE NO-FLY ZONE. OUR PILOTS AREN’T TALKING TO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, IGNOING THEIR CALLS TO REACH THEM. THAT TRIGGERS AN ALARM AT THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE. THESE FIGHTER PILOTS SCRAMBLING TO THEIR JETS. THEY’RE ON ALERT AND READY TO TAKE ACTION 24 HOURS A DAY. TODAY, RACING TO THEIR F-16s. SUITING UP, CLIMBING ONBOARD AND RUSHING TO THE RUNWAY. TAKING OFF TO INTERCEPT OUR ROGUE CESSNA. REACHING THE TARGET IN JUST MINUTES. THIS IS THE VIEW FROM THE F-16. THAT’S MY CESSNA RIGHT THERE. WHOA. YOU CAN ACTUALLY HEAR — I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR IT ON CAMERA, YOU CAN HEAR THAT FIGHTER JET COMING BY. THERE’S NO WAY YOU TONIGHT HEAR THIS OR NOTICE IT. COMING UP ON THE LEFT SIDE OF OUR PLANE. THAT’S AS INTIMIDATING AS YOU THINK IT WOULD BE. THAT’S THE FIGHTER JET ON OUR WING. ANOTHER FIGHTER JET SWOOPING IN ON THE RIGHT. YOU HAVE BEEN INTERCEPTED. IF YOU HEAR THIS CALL, IDENTIFY YOURSELF.>>Reporter: WE’RE A ROGUE AIRCRAFT. WE’RE NOT GOING TO RESPOND AT ALL AND SEE WHAT THE FIGHTER JET DOES. THE FIGHTER RIGHT ON OUR WING. SCANNING US INSIDE. WHAT’S HE TRYING TO DO?>>TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO WE ARE, WHAT’S INSIDE AND WHAT WE’RE UP TO.>>Reporter: AND MAKE RADIO CONTACT AND TELL US TO DO WHAT? FOLLOW HIM?>>THAT’S CORRECT.>>Reporter: THE FIEGERS WANT TO ESCORT US OUT OF THE AREA. THE F-16 MAKES A BOLD MOVE. SWOOPING IN RIGHT THERE. HE’S CROSSING RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. THE F-16 CROSSES RIGHT IN FRONT, JUST FEET FROM US. HARD TO MISS AND THAT’S THE POINT. THAT’S AN AGGRESSIVE MANEUVER.>>HE’S TRYING TO GET OUR ATTENTION.>>Reporter: THIS IS RESTRICTED AIR SPACE RIGHT ABOVE THE PRESIDENT’S VACATION HOME.>>ARE YOU ORDERED TO TURN TO THE NORTHWEST.>>Reporter: THE FIGHTER JET GIVING US ONE LAST MORNING, TURNING AWAY, HOPING WE FOLLOW. IF AFTER ALL OF THIS, THE PLANE WON’T LEAVE THE AIR SPACE, WILL YOU SHOOT THEM DOWN?>>IF REQUIRED, WE’LL EXKATE THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. AND, YES, WE WOULD DO THAT.>>Reporter: SHOOT THE PLANE DOWN.>>IF IT MEETS THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, YES, WE WOULD, TO PROTECT AIR SPACE.>>Reporter: WITH THE PRESIDENT TRAVELING SO MUCH, IT GETS EXPENSIVE. A GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG GROUP TELLING US THEY’RE GOING TO RELEASE NEW NUMBERS THIS WEEK. THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD DOESN’T JUST DO THIS TO PROTECT THE PRESIDENT. THE SAME RULES APPLY TO BIG EVENTS. SINCE 9/11, THEY HAVE SCRAMBLED FIGHTER JETS TO 5,000 POSSIBLE THREATS. THIS HAPPENS MORE OFTEN THAN WE

100 thoughts on “See What Happens When A Plane Violates Presidential Airspace | TODAY”

  1. Still don't get why this is necessary. The POTUS is replaceable like any other job. If you make such a big deal about it it becomes a big deal. Most heads of state don't even have an escort.

  2. What if the radio is broken and the pilot can't respond? Are hand gestures adequate? I suppose making a U turn would be an option.

  3. You keep mentioning how many times has President Trump lies what a waste of taxpayers money we know what the fighter jets were going to do blast anybody out of the air like they're supposed to you didn't have to show us any of that waste of taxpayers money

  4. To answer many negative comments: I don't know how slow our fighter planes can fly, and you don't either. I don't think the military will tell us. Suffice it to say that our Air National Guard are not fools, nor is NBC. Fighters are scrambled on a regular basis for training purposes, and our military understands that the public should know how it does its job. The President's home is wherever the President happens to be, not just in Washington. A range of 500 feet looks, feels, and is extremely small in the air. Any airplane that looks too close when you're in an airliner is always several miles away. As to the identity of this particular President, we salute the uniform, not the man.

  5. Ignorant on Today's part to think the military would fully disclose their protocol for intercepting a perceived threat. They provided a simple display for them to broadcast, with the Today show thinking they had really brought some inside, never-seen material to the masses… LOL

  6. Its a bit ridiculous to be honest. I remember sitting in a plane on Frankfurt Airport just waiting on Pres. Clinton to land and depart on the closed Autobahn to Bonn. Welding sewage lids in the streets and all that crap. And then i see my own chancellor take an ordinary civil airliner to fly to brazil.

  7. i love eua!!! depois que cortarao meu auxilio doença por invalidez quero ir embora do brazilian, cara!!

  8. Should have tried it in an Boeing 757, A passanger plane instead of a Cessna. A real world scramble response would be on a passanger plane not Barry Seal and his crew in Cessnas.

  9. 2 F16s pull up alongside me in My Cessna,and I Respond with…

    I am the Night Rider. I'm a Fuel injected Suicide machine. I'm Hotter than a Rollin Diiiice!! Step on up and watch as I lay down a Rubber Road to Freedom!!!

  10. " we don't know how much that cost " Do you think a dead president is cheaper ? ( If I could dare , I would call you idiots .)

    Moreover , do you mean that before 9/11 , there was no such protection ? USA is so dumb that we had to have 9/11 to protect our air space . Elysée air space in Paris , France is protected since the first days of aviation !!!!!! Stupid conclusions of the reportage .

  11. Where were they on 9/11? They were stood down just like Norad. Never in the history has this ever happened – new investigation needed!!

  12. Do not mess with my family. Including public approaches to myself. Mess with me and you will have my whole family to answer to. You use government sources to disrespect us?????

  13. He's busy travelling and bothering citizens with blockades instead of working in Washington. I love how Brits told of Boris Johnson on the streets to go to Brussels and work out Brexit and stop wondering in the country

  14. Why do they find it hard to answer a simple yes or no question?
    Reporter: so is it a yes or no?
    Pilot: well if I go back home and discover that someone has eaten my food while I was away then based on these coordinates I may or may not proceed and shoot the plane 😴
    Reporter: so that's a yes?
    Pilot: well like I said, if I find my girlfriend riding a bb… **Gunshots
    Reporter: shoots pilot**

  15. A way to just talk about how much ‘vacation’ he takes. The narrative is somewhat subtle to the layman and I hate it! Bias all over the place and they wonder why conservatives have always not trusted the media!

  16. Wow a Cessna gets stopped, but not so good against passenger airliners hitting the twin towers? what chance against a Russian fighter taking out the Whitehouse, they will need to use a passenger airliner ! something is not right here!

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