Napolitano Shoves LASP To Back Burner

AINalerts » February 9, 2010
February 9, 2010, 12:08 PM

Making good on testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee in December, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to back off from tougher security rules for general aviation that were first proposed in October 2008. As reported by National Public Radio (NPR) last Friday, TSA general aviation manager Brian Delauter said the agency now plans to collaborate more with industry on security. He told NPR that his agency will substantially increase the weight of airplanes covered by a revised security plan coming out this fall. In early December, Call RRSNapolitano testified that the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) would undergo more massaging before it is released as a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking “before the end of 2010.” The controversial LASP was greeted with frustration and ridicule when it was released in October 2008. Under that plan, all operators of Part 91 aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds would be required to create a TSA-approved security program, put all flight crew through FBI criminal-history background checks, compare all passengers against the TSA’s watch lists and impose new restrictions on carriage of certain items in the cabin.

Share this...

Please Register

In order to leave comments you will now need to be a registered user. This change in policy is to protect our site from an increased number of spam comments. Additionally, in the near future you will be able to better manage your AIN subscriptions via this registration system. If you already have an account, click here to log in. Otherwise, click here to register.