THE PENTAGON – Top leadership in the U.S. Navy has issued a regulation that disallows catching rides on aircraft outside of official boarding procedures.
“That means you can’t just thumb it from the deck of an aircraft carrier,” said Chief of Itinerant Operations Billy Wyatt. “We had been unofficially tolerating it for some time, but now we’re officially prohibiting it.”
Wyatt points out that stopping a fighter jet on takeoff or landing to pick up a rider can be extraordinarily dangerous.
“They’ll have to go over to where the planes load up. And now they’ll be asked to share the fuel cost depending on how far they’re going.”