GA Security Recommendations

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Report Recommends Low-Cost Security...

You'll need to sign your name a few more times and be more vigilant about locking up behind you, but if the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) adopts GA security measures proposed by an industry panel, they shouldn't cost you much, if anything. A working group formed by the TSA's Aviation Security Advisory Committee submitted its final report Wednesday and, since most of the members represent GA groups, it's not surprising the recommendations are light on the wallet and heavy on commonsense precautions. National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James Coyne said all federal money for aviation security is going to protect scheduled service and that's as it should be. "Recognizing this, the working group went to great lengths to avoid placing any unfunded mandates on the aviation industry," he said in a statement. Coyne said the group had the daunting task of coming up with meaningful recommendations that work at everything from a private grass strip to the busiest metropolitan reliever airport. "The working group took great pains to recognize this fundamental difference and develop meaningful recommendations," Coyne said. "I'm pleased to say they succeeded." He also noted that the recommendations represent minimum standards and airports, businesses and individuals are welcome to exceed them when and where they see fit. The report also recognizes all the security work that has already taken place at airports all over the U.S. "For the most part, these steps have been implemented voluntarily instead of having been required by one agency or another," Coyne noted.