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The FBI argues these positioning flights are “necessary because, among other things, the location where the FBI maintains the aircraft is an unmarked covert facility, and at times, the FBI initiates sensitive flight operations from this site,” but not everyone agrees.

Grassley said the positioning flights “show the whole ridiculousness and the waste of money in this particular case. So you keep these planes hidden, someplace close to Washington,  D.C., I assume. You fly them from there to Reagan to pickup the people who are going to fly, when car travel would save these millions of dollars that’s wasted.”