TSA Reviewing Permanent TFRs

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AOPA has made its voice heard and it appears that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) commander is listening. Admiral James Loy says his agency and the FAA are reevaluating more than a dozen temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) set up shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks out of the dozens currently listed. "AOPA members are asking, 'Isn't it time for temporary restrictions to be lifted given the reduced threat level, ending of hostilities in Iraq, and phase out of Operation Liberty Shield?'" Boyer said in a June 25 letter to Loy. The next day Low wrote back saying the two agencies are "conducting a thorough audit" of the 16 TFRs AOPA asked be rescinded "to ensure that they are protecting the public in an efficient, cost-effective manner." Two of the 16 TFRs, Whiteman AFB, near Knob Noster, Mo., and the Red River Army Depot, in Texarkana, Texas, have already been rescinded. A third that was not on AOPA's original list in the Class E airspace over Valdez, Alaska, was also eliminated. So, when will the TFRs eventually be eliminated? "We'll keep you posted," Loy told Boyer in a handwritten note at the bottom of his letter.