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New smuggling route into Iceland opens up

With the departure of the US military from Iceland, a potential new smuggling route has opened up through the flying of small unauthorized planes into the country. The military’s control station formerly used a type of radar that recorded all air traffic over the country, whereas the Icelandic Civil Aviation Authority uses a system that relies on voluntary signals from planes. Consequently small planes can land unsupervised in remote parts of the country and unload contraband. This is confirmed by the Director General of the Icelandic Civil Aviation Authority Thorgeir Pálsson, and reported by Morgunbladid today.

According to Pálsson, no unauthorized planes are known to have flown into Icelandic air space prior to the military’s leaving. However, he adds that this is a known way to smuggle narcotics, and that authorities in Florida, for example, have had to set up a thick network of radars in order to prevent smuggling of that nature.

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