Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP)

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Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP)

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has officially withdrawn a proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). Introduced in October 2008, LASP would have imposed new, onerous and largely unworkable security regulations on general aviation. The proposal included provisions for aircraft operators requiring criminal history record checks for flight crews, checking of passenger names against No-Fly and Selectee Lists, compliance with the Prohibited Items List for scheduled airlines, as well as biennial auditing of an operator’s security program. Certain airports serving these operators would have been required to adopt a security program. NBAA led efforts to rewrite the proposal to reflect the unique nature of general aviation.


TSA Withdraws Large Aircraft Security Rule Proposal
Jan. 17, 2018
The Transportation Security Administration recently officially withdrew a proposed rule that would have imposed new, onerous and largely unworkable security regulations on general aviation. It would have added requirements for all operators of aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, as well as for airports that serve those operators. “NBAA has a long history of working effectively to identify ways to facilitate and enhance both security and access for general aviation, but it’s clear that the LASP proposal was not a workable program,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. Learn more.

Martha King Illustrated Dangers of LASP, Outlined Value of Business Aviation to Congress
July 15, 2009
During a hearing on GA security before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Martha King, co-owner of King Schools, Inc., told Members of Congress that if the TSA overlays the security regime for large airlines onto small aircraft, thousands of small and mid-size businesses would be stifled, with no tangible security benefit. On behalf of her business and 8,000 other NBAA Member Companies, she outlined the dangers of the TSA's proposed LASP "This proposal does not recognize the significant differences between commercial airline operations and non-commercial operations, which do not carry members of the general public," she said.

NBAA Submits Comments on LASP, but More Work Lies Ahead
Feb. 27, 2009
On February 27, 2009, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen submitted comments that clearly articulate the serious concerns raised by the TSA’s highly controversial Large Aircraft Security Program. “As NBAA has noted since the LASP was introduced last October, this proposal completely misses the mark,” said Bolen. “The TSA needs to understand that in preparing the LASP, the agency has attempted to overlay a security regime for the big airlines onto tens of thousands of businesses all across the country. If left unchanged, the plan would overwhelm these small businesses in a time of economic crisis without providing a clear security benefit.” NBAA’s comments added to those submitted by more than 4,000 businesses, associations and individuals, all of which raise a variety of criticisms about the TSA’s proposal. Review NBAA's Comments to the LASP NPRM (PDF, 318KB)

Major Concerns With the TSA’s Proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP)
Nov. 5, 2008
NBAA has listed several of the major concerns with the TSA's LASP including its application to airplanes as small as 12,500 lbs, the list of prohibited items such as everyday tools, and requirement owners of some airplanes to develop procedures to carry federal air marshals.

Download the NPRM in as it appeared it the Federal Register
Oct. 30, 2008
Download the notice of proposed rulemaking as it appearred in the Federal Register: 49 CFR Parts 1515, 1520, et al. Large Aircraft Security Program, Other Aircraft Operator Security Program, and Airport Operator Security Program; Proposed Rule.