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According to various news reports, United States Air Force Reserves pilot Julie Olearcek received a visit from Massachussetts State Troopers after inquiring about flight ...

David Jenkins, Blogger

January 13, 2004

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According to various news reports, United States Air Force Reserves pilot Julie Olearcek received a visit from Massachussetts State Troopers after inquiring about flight simulator software for her child. Olearcek made the inquiry at a Staples office supply store, where a store employee became agitated, claiming "asking how to fly airplanes...was against the law." Olearcek went home empty handed, and a few hours later she received a visit from the law, who relented when she showed her military ID. According to the Shelburn Falls State Police, "Those programs are quite common for entertainment and training, but [we] felt it was suspicious enough to warrant a call." The Microsoft Flight Simulator series has sold over ten million copies world-wide.

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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