TSA Revises Definition Of Aircraft Subject To Charter Rule

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued on Dec. 26 a final rule that revises the original Private Charter Security Rule, which requires that charter passengers and their bags must be screened prior to boarding. The original rule would have targeted all aircraft that weigh 95,000 pounds or more. The revised rule applies only to aircraft that weigh over 45,500 kg (100,309.3 pounds) or carry 61 or more pax. The TSA will issue the final security program by tomorrow, and the effective compliance date is Feb. 1, 2003. The TSA said the change was made after further analysis in response to comments received. Also, in response to comments, the TSA is permitting the use of non-TSA screeners in certain circumstances. Ed Bolen, president of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, said he was pleased with the change in the rule. "By combining weight and passenger seating capacity as the threshold in this rule, the TSA has eliminated confusion in the marketplace, promoted the concept of international aviation standards, and demonstrated that it intends to exercise its broad rulemaking authority prudently," Bolen said.

NOTE: Click here to download the complete text of the revised rule in PDF format.