Changes May Come For TSA's Revocation Rule

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Word is finally trickling out to the politicians about the unprecedented powers granted to the TSA in unilaterally suspending airmen's certificates, revoking them and then reviewing their appeal. When FAA Administrator Marion Blakey appeared before a Commerce Committee hearing last week, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) noted that evidence supporting a revocation could be kept secret for security reasons. "This looks like an impossible situation if you can't face your accuser," Burns told the committee. "This flies in the face of the American judicial system." AOPA says the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, Rep. Don Young, of Alaska, was angry when AOPA President Phil Boyer explained the rule to him last week. While Young didn't know about the rule, his staff reported receiving "tons of mail" from angry Alaska pilots. Fortunately, it seems that people in high places were as surprised by the breadth and scope of the rule as were the pilots, mechanics and instructors who could be potentially affected. Young indicated he'd pursue legislative changes to the rule. Meanwhile, Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg told AOPA's Senior VP Andy Cebula he didnít like the bill.