TSA Extends Deadline For 12-5 Rule

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In a notice published in the Federal Register, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) formally moved the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program implementation date to February 1, 2003. Previously, operators had been told that compliance was required no later than December 1, 2002. The notice explains that obstacles faced by small on-demand air taxi operators, never before subject to security requirements, necessitate additional guidance from the TSA and time to train staff on the new security standards. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA), which represents charter operators, applauded the TSA's decision. NATA had been working with the TSA on a plan to conduct required FBI background checks of flight crewmembers. However, the TSA has yet to approve the plan.