NOTAMs are Notices To Airmen. They are issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to warn pilots planning a flight of any time sensitive information they need to know. It is a legal requirement that all pilots check the NOTAMs before beginning a flight.

Here is a screen shot of the NOTAM issued by the FAA for Thursday, February 16, 2012 for the Los Angeles Area because President Obama would be at several locations:

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The NOTAM points out three areas pilots are to avoid because President Obama will be there and to maintain an altitude of at least 3,000 feet when over these areas.

Here is what happens if you do not read the NOTAMs:

News item - " Pot-laden plane blows into Obama's air space"

Two Air Force F-16 fighters intercepted a privately owned Cessna airplane that entered the same Los Angeles airspace as Marine One on Thursday as the helicopter was ferrying President Barack Obama.

Police discovered about 40 pounds of marijuana inside the plane after it landed at Long Beach Airport.

Fulano checked around. The pot-laden plane was a Cessna 182, registration N8873X. It is owned by a David W. Major, who lives in Grover Beach, California. Fulano did some more checking and found that David W. Major does not have a pilot's license. He does have an old expired student pilots license, a mechanics license to work on aircraft, a flight engineer's license, and even a parachute rigging license. He just doesn't have a pilot' s license. It probably doesn't matter now. I don't think he will have need to check any more NOTAMs.

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