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

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