Customs Investigates Alleged Use of Helicopter for Homecoming Invitation

By Matthew Stabley
|  Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012  |  Updated 3:04 PM CDT
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Homeland Security is investigating reports that an employee used one of their helicopters to help his son ask a girl to Homecoming.

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Homeland Security is investigating reports that an employee used one of their helicopters to help his son ask a girl to Homecoming.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is investigating claims one of its helicopters was used to help a teenager invite his girlfriend to homecoming.

A CBP pilot allegedly used a helicopter -- while it was on a routine mission -- to hover over his son's high school in northern Virginia and drop a teddy bear with the invitation last week.

The pilot's son attends Patriot High School in Prince William County.

"We are aware of reports that a locally-based CBP helicopter was used improperly by local CBP personnel Sept. 12," CBP spokesman Michael Friel said.

The pilot who had command of the helicopter was reassigned to administrative duties while CBP investigates the alleged incident.

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