TSA Gives Up On GA Security Plan

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The Transportation Security Administration has withdrawn its proposal to establish a security program that would have affected private and corporate aircraft operators, the agency said on Friday. The agency had proposed the “Large Aircraft Security Program” in 2008, suggesting operators of GA aircraft that weigh more than 12,500 pounds should be required to implement security programs, vet their crews and check passengers against federal watch lists. The TSA held a series of public meetings and reviewed more than 7,000 comments from the public that were submitted in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. On Friday, the TSA said that based on all of the information they received, and “a re-evaluation of the proposal in light of risk-based principles,” they have decided to abandon the effort.

Nobuyo Sakata, AOPA’s director of aviation security, said the GA community’s active opposition to the plan was key to the TSA’s decision to withdraw the proposal. AOPA said in a statement they will continue to actively participate in the Aviation Security Advisory Committee and work cooperatively with the TSA to address security concerns and improve other security programs such as the DCA Access Standard Security Program for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the Alien Flight Student Program. NBAA, GAMA and EAA also lobbied against the proposal.

Comments (6)

A temporary victory over a solution in search of a problem.

Posted by: YARS (Tom Yarsley) | March 20, 2018 1:55 PM    Report this comment

A first step. Now it is time to include pt 135 operators in eliminating these TSA rules that do nothing for security, but add a lot of paperwork and cost headaches.

Posted by: matthew wagner | March 20, 2018 4:17 PM    Report this comment

Govern]nment should go for low hanging fruit instead... Cant tell you how many airports have NEVER rotated gate codes that are either the runway heading, CTAF frequency, and yes.... on airport has code 1-2-3.

Basics like a good fence and decent locks.

Posted by: David Welch | March 20, 2018 8:23 PM    Report this comment

Government should go for low hanging fruit instead... Can't tell you how many airports have NEVER rotated gate codes that are either the runway heading, CTAF frequency, and yes.... one airport has code 1-2-3.

Basics like a good fence and decent locks.

Posted by: David Welch | March 20, 2018 8:25 PM    Report this comment

TSA adds nothing for security as far as GA is concerned. It should be kept out of 91 and 135 operations entirely.

I once landed at Yakutat Alaska and had a meal at the on-field restaurant. On returning to the aircraft I fould the door locked. The one person there, the restaurant owner who was staffing the place apologetically said to me "They (TSA) now make me do this. I have to go to the door and make sure whomever I let out there, including you, who flew in on your own aircraft, is not a terrorist while they, all six of the, sit around on their lazy butts doing nothing."

There were indeed six TSA staff doing nothing at an airport that for the time I was there had novisible passenger traffic. I could not see any reason TSA was there, in the middle of nowehere, guarding or securing nothing. Maybe they were concerned some disgruntled moose might get on board some aging DC3 and try to blow it up. This happened in a state that until recently had a regulation REQUIRING the carrying of a firearm on flights in the state. I had a .30 cal rifle on board. Now what was TSA going to do about that?

Posted by: FILL CEE | March 21, 2018 12:26 PM    Report this comment

The TSA adds nothing overall really, even for 121 operators. I try to explain this to people, but very few people understand.

Prior to 9/11, for better than 3 decades, when an airplane was hijacked people were told (by the crew / everyone) to sit down, shut up, and don't antagonize the hijackers. Eventually the plane would have to land and the hijackers would be killed or arrested. The (hostage / crew) chance for survival was not terrible at all in that situation. The crews were all told to comply and placate as much as was possible. So, as a consequence, when 9/11 happened, everybody did exactly what they had been told for decades not knowing what the nutters planned on doing: They sat down, shut up, and waited.

If you tried that crap today nobody, and I mean nobody except for the infirm or small children, would sit still. Any terrorist nutter would find themselves being attacked by everyone even if they claimed to have a bomb. I'm surprised the last couple terrorists made it to the ground alive honestly, and say those people had great restraint in subduing the terrorists because I'm not sure I'd be willing to take the chance they might get loose.

That's why Al-Qaeda made sure all the attacks happened close to the same time on the same day. They knew it was a one-off scenario, that it could never be repeated, because everyone would change how they responded minutes after they found out what was going on. Honestly they didn't even have to armor the door to the cockpit, because today anyone trying that crap is lucky to make it to the ground alive.

End security theater, people will not sit still anymore. They will attack even if it costs them their lives.

Posted by: Joe Servov | March 22, 2018 1:57 PM    Report this comment

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