Georgia  |  Aviation Law

Legal Question

Asked on: 5/18/07, 3:15 pm

Authority to Stop a Plane before Takeoff?

If someone is already seated on a plane, ready for takeoff, who has jurisdiction to stop the plane and board the flight to execute an arrest? Do local authorities have authority to do so without Federal involvement?

Situation in question involves a family member who was already seated on an international flight for a 10-day vacation, arrested by local police officers on a warrant from another county. Attempts to obtain a report or other documentation of the circumstances of arrest are meeting resistance (including a written statement that there was ''no report''). We are trying to figure out why? At no point after the arrest and 90-minute wait for transportation back to original jurisdiction, did any Federal officials or organization get involved. Since there are other questions as to the validity of the arrest and of impropriety by the state and law enforcement in the originating jurisdiction (one of the alleged victims is married to a sheriff's deputy), this issue arises as to whether some other rules might have been bent or broken to facilitate an arrest on behalf of a fellow officer. Any insight into this area of law would be most welcome. Thank you.

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