Friday, April 9, 2010
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AUGUSTA -- An airplane that towed banners taunting Tiger Woods about his sex scandal during the Masters was ordered to stop Friday until it undergoes minor repairs.
Kathleen Bergen, an Atlanta-based spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said Friday that FAA flight safety inspectors issued the order after meeting with the plane's pilot.
The single-engine Cessna made two flights near Augusta National as Woods played Thursday in the first round of the Masters, close enough that the banners could be read from the course.
One read: "TIGER: DID YOU MEAN BOOTYISM?", which was a reference to Woods' admission that part of the reason for his troubles and infidelity was he got away from Buddhism, the faith in which he was raised.
The plane was flying for a company called Air America Aerial Ads based in Genoa, Ohio. Bergen says inspectors were responding to a request by FAA air traffic managers in Augusta.
Jason Howe, an employee for the advertising company, said Friday the plane's only problem was with a seatbelt that failed to meet FAA standards. He said the company was complying with the order to fix it.
Howe wouldn't say who paid for the aerial banners that mocked Woods. Jim Miller, the advertising company's president, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.