GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP)— Since September 11, 2001, much has changed. One of the most significant changes since that unforgettable day includes flight-school training regulations.
In one example, every American who wants to get a pilot's license now has to show their original birth certificate or passport. Before these standards, pretty much anyone could sign up for training.
Andy Rolli, manager of TAA Flight Training in Greensboro, said the process is much more rigorous in general.
"I would think the average person would get sort of discouraged, they have to be fairly motivated if they want to go through this process," Rolli said.
Terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks received commercial flight training in the U.S. Today, there's an extensive background check that takes 30 days to complete.
The pre-training process includes fingerprinting a submitting a photo. After the training begins, instructors are required to submit a second photo of the student to the TSA to ensure that they're training the right person. "It's not as easily accessible, and it's much more expensive than it used to be," Rolli said.
Since 9/11, the TSA starting performing audits twice a year to make sure flight schools are in compliance with their training process.