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Industry Committee Presents Security Recommendations to TSA

Jan. 5, 2018

The Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) – which provides advice to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on aviation-related policies, programs and rulemaking – has made more than a dozen recommendations for improving general aviation security programs.

Recently, the ASAC presented the TSA with a thorough review of two security programs: the Twelve Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) and the Private Charter Standard Security Program (PCSSP). NBAA, members of the ASAC and other industry experts, which conducted the review over several months, issued 13 recommendations.

Most relevant to NBAA members are recommendations that would allow access to restricted areas under certain circumstances, scaling standard security programs for general aviation’s range of size and complexity, and implementing a “known passenger” concept.

“It has long been one of our goals to achieve access for business aviation into restricted airspace, and have the same access as the airlines,” said Sarah Wolf, NBAA’s senior manager of security and facilitation. “General aviation is specifically kept out of these areas, in spite of compliance with standard security programs such as the TFSSP and PCSSP. The ASAC recommended that the TSA and other agencies identify security requirements that would allow operators to access these areas.”

The ASAC also recommended that the TSA review details of the TFSSP to ensure requirements are structured to consider operational size and complexity.

“In some cases, general aviation programs contain airline-centric content,” said Wolf. “Each program should be scalable and tailored to the nuances of the industry it is meant to regulate.”

Another recommendation of significance to most NBAA operators involves implementation of a “known passenger” mechanism as part of the TFSSP. This would allow operators to manage a list of “known passengers” who have been vetted by the TSA. Compliance with the “known passenger” mechanism would grant participating operators with certain operational flexibilities.

“NBAA appreciates TSA considering the input of not only the ASAC, but also additional industry experts and long-time users of the TFSSP and PCSSP,” said Wolf. “We are hopeful the resulting recommendations and report will bring about long-term, reasonable solutions to ongoing access concerns, while maintaining the high standard of security users currently abide by.

“The next step is TSA coordination and plan development for moving the recommendations along,” said Wolf. ”Over the next few months NBAA will continue to monitor the progress on the status of the recommendations.”