We've heard probably too much about street level security for the upcoming Super Bowl and Super Bowl City, but what about threats from above. Don't you worry, the government has thought it all through, and there is going to be a lot going on above all our heads starting next week — including fighter jets running extensive drills out of Oakland International Airport.
It seems the Air Force is worried someone might try to crash a plane into San Francisco or Santa Clara the week of the big game, and so will be running intercept drills. The largest of which is set to take place on February 3, reports CBS 5, when the Civilian Air Patrol will fly Cessna 182 airplanes into what will be restricted airspace.
“The opportunity to ensure safe skies around Levi’s Stadium is a mission CAP takes very seriously,” explained CAP Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez. “Our aircrews are trained to simulate either threat or duress flights that inadvertently or purposely enter into restricted airspace.”
The channel notes that U.S. Air Force pilots will divert the CAP planes after making radio contact. This exercise, we are told, is called "Falcon Virgo" and is part of "Operation Noble Eagle."
On the day of the Super Bowl itself, the area around Levi's Stadium will become restricted airspace.