ARSA Questions TSA's Repair-Station Security Concerns

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The TSA held a meeting Friday about security at repair stations -- and the stand taken by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) was that not only has the TSA failed to show that there is any problem with repair-station security, but the effort to improve it might actually make it worse. "We are concerned that, while the current risks may be small, the process of publicly developing new -- and, some would say, unnecessary ---security mandates may actually create new threats and vulnerabilities," ARSA legislative counsel Christian Klein told the TSA. "We wonder whether the TSA, by raising these issues and drawing attention to perceived security gaps, is not potentially creating a greater problem than it is solving." In an audit last year, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General said that it found "security vulnerabilities" at repair stations located at general aviation airports. The TSA will accept written comments on the topic online until March 29 -- the docket number is TSA-2004-17131.